There doesn't seem to be a thread on this but I am looking to get one and need to decide quick if I want my Dad to get it for 25% less in the US than they cost over here.
I am reasonably convicned by the iriver. Its the only one to record line in it would be best (only one) for recording direct from vinyl.
The only drawback seems to be it is weak on file management/playlists. I am not sure you can do "smart playlists"? i.e get them make a playlist by setting a number of variables (e.g. indie songs from 2004 I've only played twice or less). Sounds a bit like you have to just make up playlists song by song which would grind my nads.
Anyone got any experience they can chip in?