Here's why I prefer the iRiver flash-memory series of devices:
- Integrated FM receiver.
- Removable AA batteries.
- Plays OGG Vorbis as well as ASF, MP3 and WMA.
- Supported recording and direct encoding to MP3 from 3 sources: integrated microphone, FM radio, and line-in jack.
- Linux drivers available.
The disadvantage of the flash-based device is of course the (presently) limited capacity, but the convenience of the extended battery-life, tiny footprint, and recording capability far outweigh the downside.
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