Avoid Rio. Yes, they are built for athletes, but they are built poorly. They have a common problem: they simply quit working. The local Circuit City stopped carrying Rio brand because of this problem. I called Rio customer service. It’s a COMMON problem with their gear.
The I-pod shuffle demands you buy several extra items. And they are overpriced.
Creative makes some OK stuff. Because its cheap.
Also avoid anything with a key-style USB interface. When those things get sweaty, they will corrode.[/quote]
True, the I-Pod models are pricier, but that’s because they’re simply the best, all trendiness aside. Nothing out there does what they do (with their memory capacity and all) as well as they do (sound quality, loudness, user-friendliness, etc.). Some other products might do some of those things well, but not all. And trust me – you can drop your I-Pod, especially if you have one of those cheap ($20) plastic cases on it, and it will be just fine. Millions of customers would be up in arms if they were fragile.