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Seeking advice-which is ''better'' for 1st time buyer abroad

I've done it. I've decided to stop playing mp3 music off of my palm pilot and instead switch to a dedicated player to save palm battery life. The problem is, is that I live in Switzerland thus my gadget choices are limited in many ways. I would prefer to buy locally so that any 'recharging' required can be done without converters.

Questions Follow Items Locally Available.

Here is what I've pulled from the local store (tax is included in costs here):

MP3 Player MPIO FY 700 Black
1GB, Music formats MP3, WMA (DRM), Voice Recording, UKW Radio, up to 20 hours Battery, USB 2.0 CHF199

MP3 Player Iriver T30 (Cnet rates 7.3/10)
1GB, Music frmats MP3, WMA, ASF, Voice Recording,
No radio, up to 20 hours Battery, USB 2.0, Time/Alarm, Direct Encoding CHF149

*MP3/WMA Player MPIO FE 100
1GB, Music formats Mp3, WMA, Voice Recording,
UKW Radio, up to 18 hours battery, Incl. headphones and software, 5 Band Equalizer, Direct Encoding CHF149

MP3 IPOD Player Nano Black
1GB, Music formats MP3, WMA, AIFF/AAC-ITunes/Apple player and photo shower, No Radio, up to 14 hours battery, USB 2.0 HIghspeed synchronisation CHF219

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PREFERENCES: Long battery life, 1 GB, relatively inexpensive, easy to use, easy to transfer, FM Tuner, not to big/heavy

*Of the above I think this is the best buy but still seek your opinions please.

Question: What is Direct Encoding? Does this mean the music transfers faster - doesn't need to be modified?

Question: How good are MPIO's as a player?

Question: None of these seem to indicate if they're using regular batteries or if they use rechargable. Anyone know which here is which?

Question: For those of you out there owning one with a Radio, how valuable is it in comparison to alternate format availablity?

Thank you
Karen Ramel
Canadian Living in Switzerland

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