You said you would like to have a 300 gig player. I read an article on Pc world magizene that told you how to replace the Creative Zen harddrive with another harddrive.
The article came out about 2 or 3 months ago, so you might have to go to the library and look at their previous articles.
Another option is to google and see what comes up.
I like everything about the iRiver ifp- 895, 899, 795, or 799, EXCEPT:
I want to be able to use windows explorer to transfer files to/from the device (also I want to be able to upload mp3's from the device.)
I want expandable memory. (I also don't need a super compact player - I saw pics of the player in someone's hands and there's NO ROOM for a CompactFlash slot in it.)
I really don't need an FM tuner (but would like an AM tuner if possible (only one I know of is Radio YourWay LX, and there's some things I don't like about that unit.)
I do like all the recording options it offers, though.
Also I like the CoWon IAudio players, but I can't find out what all the recording options are by reading the manual, and it appears iriver has more options.
I currently have a Pogo RipFlash Plus.
Is there something that has all the same features and options as the iRiver units listed above, but with expandable memory (willing to start with less internal memory so long as it uses SD or preferably CF), ability to use windows explorer to transfer files, and is priced similarly?
If you suggest a hard drive player, I would like it to AT LEAST be able to survive being dropped onto a hard floor WHILE the hard drive is being accessed. Also, if I get a hard drive player, I want at least 40GB to 80GB (if not more, with the ability to switch out the hard drive for something like a 250GB or 300GB hard drive (using currently available hardware - for example Western Digital WD-2500JB)), and not cost more than $50 or $100 more than the flash players I mentioned.
Also, is there a website that allows me to pick features I want in an mp3 player and it will recommend several models based on that? (I of course mean more options than cnet offers.)