Instead of buying an mp3 that will hurt your ears. Get the Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones instead. They actually seal off the noise like an ear plug. That way you can hear your music with out hurting your ears.
Oh yeah did I mention they cost $80 I still think that if you really want to solve your problem you will buy these great headphones. I want them so bad but I can't afford them and I don't need them that much.
My husband has owned several different MP3 players, and only one or two were loud enough to be heard inside his motorcycle helmet when riding. They are broken now, and they didn't have much memory anyway. Can anyone recommend a portable MP3 player with at least 256mb memory and a high volume output? We just bought an Ilo from Walmart, and it's not nearly loud enough.