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Hello,

I am not much of an expert in home electronics and I was wondering if you can be just a little kind to recommend me the right product for my needs.

You see, I was actually looking for a voice recorder so I can record dictates. I was searching for "audio bugs" because they are small, light and secretive and may become handy one day but then I came across "pen hard-drives" and "mp3 players-recorders" and I thought the latter is better because not only can I record voices but listen to music too downloaded from the internet via my pc.
This is even better for me.

Anyway, now I have come across "mp3 players-recorders" that have their own "internal radio" so now I can listen to music from the radio and record them too aswell as record voices and download music from the internet via my pc !
Recently, I have come across Ipods on ebay and quite frankly I don't understand the difference between the Ipod and an mp3 player-recorder.
I don't have Apple Macintosh but a regular PC running Windows OS.

So may I tell you what I want and you can kindly recomend me the BARGAIN best for my needs ?
I want a small gadget that will:

* allow me to download music to it from my PC's
hard-drive and/or CD
(I want to listen to music and audio files downloaded
from the internet)
* play music and audio files from it's internal
hard-drive/memory
* plays mp3 (better if it plays any other formats too
such as wma)
* play radio (so I can listen to the radio when I am
out on the streets and don't have access to my car
radio or home radio or walkman)
* records voices and sounds near it (via built-in
michrophone so I don't have to attach a michrophone
and speak into it unless I want to attach such)
* records music/voice direct from it's own radio system
* let me attach ear-peace (so I can listen to things
with-out distrubing others near me)
* has replace-able or 'built-in internal"
battery that is rechargeable (so I don't have to
spend money buying batteries every so often when
batteries run-out of charge)
* is small, light-weight (suitable to reside in shirt
pocket or cling to shirt-collar)
* look "un-notice-able" (secretive) so I can secretly
record conversations with persons whom I engage in
conversations.

Please recommend me a low cost, bargain gadget and then recommend me a brand and model on that gadget.
I don't know what this gadget should be (Ipod, Mp3-player-recorder, pen-hdd, anything else which I never heard of, etc.).

Thank You

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the best mp3 player out there right now, contrary to common belief which is that ipod is god it isnt that great. the best value for an mp3 player is the 30gb dell dj for $230, it has 48hrs of battery life, is supporetd on windows and linux, it has a usb dock and cable, comes with slip case, and it has very good sound quality, it plays every format that an ipod can, so u dont have to convert all your mp3s for this, it also has a drag and drop feature it is a lot easier to put your songs onto this than with an ipod. In my experience ipods are very overrated and have poor sound quality. That is pretty much all I have to share about cool gizmos.

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Umm i have one, it cant run linux like an ipod can(or i have heard but never seen), but u can load songs from linux(but i recommend u stick to the windows interface). And if i am wrong that it cant do it out of the box(i have some extra stuff i installed myself on it), then it is still better than an ipod so w/e.

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