you sure you don't mean voice recorder? or are your seminars and lectures broadcasted on an FM band?
I record a lot off the FM tuner: seminars, lectures etc. High fidelity i.e. music is not a requirement. To my knowledge no "I-POD" player has an FM tuner. So, that rules them out. I'd like to have some thoughts on a brand and/or model that would be functional and foolproof. My op. system is windows XP SP3.