a couple of months of reasearch, and 3 hours at Best Buy yestarday and today and I finally got one. after much debate I went with the sony network walkman 512mb. I love the 70 hours per battery playing time, which alone makes up for the lack of fm tunerand voice recorder(ha haa as if you get shit for radio stations ridin through the canyons). I got a pair of Koss ear buds, which comes with the squishy ear plugs. Overall I am very happy....although I cant say for totally sure until I take the new tunes for a run whenever the bike is back on the road..
thanks to all that posted with advice and recomandations for previus threads