I just got a Creative Zen Nano Plus mp3 player and so far, I am as happy as a clam about it. It comes with a feature that allows direct mp3 encoding through an audio input port. This is in addition to the standard USB port for downloading songs from the computer. I wasn't aware of this feature until I saw it on the box as I was taking a reeaaally long time shopping for an mp3 player. As soon as I saw it, I threw it in the cart right away. This cuts out the middle man, and the quality is good, and for the price at 1GB, $69, you can't beat that. Now, the only problem I have are the headphones. They sound fine, but they are as uncomfortable as all hell. Any affordable but good sounding and comfortable earbud recommendations are needed.