I appreciate the suggestion of a harddrive but personally, I never want to own another HDD-based player as long as I live - had an iPod Classic 5.5gen and a 6gen and both of them had mechanical HDD failure. Total waste of money. Both of them are within arms reach as I type this, having sat on my shelf, dead-as-dodos, for well over a year.
Also, a 32gb microSD card can now, at last, be had for 30 dollars - if one does the math, without getting too pedantic about formatting overheads, that's actually not far off being equivalent to the cost-per-gb of a 1.8" HDD:
240gb/32gb = 7.5
$30 x 7.5 = $225
Toshiba MK2431GAH 240 GB 1.8" Internal Hard Drive = $235.13
Edited by Mython - 12/4/11 at 5:49pm