Yes. You can get a 240 gig replacement hard drive to fit in an iPod classic. Pick up a busted one cheap, add the drive and you are styling! (streaming and solid state drives are the reason why storage hasn't advanced.)
Consumer CD recorders aren't the best way to judge what digital audio is capable of. It doesn't cost a lot of money to come up with great sound. You can put together a fantastic home studio for under a grand. But it does take the will to learn how to use your tools. My advice is to leave that to others if you aren't interested in learning about it. Just let engineers do their job and focus on what you are interested in.