Thanks for the help dhbiker, I don't think I'd want to fork out the cash for an ipod or an ipod mini only to kill it by running with it. Plus I think 256mb is really enough for me. The player you mention sounds about what I'm looking for, can't seem to find any of them for sale on the web or ebay for cheap though.
Do you think that any mp3 player that works like a usb mass storage device would work as easily as the one you own?
Then maybe one of the earlier iRiver models (http://www.iriveramerica.com/products/flash_index.asp
) might be what I'm looking for. They've gotten good reviews and there are a lot of them around ebay and discounters for cheap....... Can't seem to find much info about them and linux though, does anyone have any experience with them? Or should I assume they'll work if they can act like a usb mass storage device?