When I took my trip to Japan, I wanted to buy some kind of fun electronic gadget in one of the cool electronics districts. It seems a minidisc player/recorder was the best choice, and Matt was sure to point out the latest Sony model, which not only is the smallest recorder now available, but also used a great compression technique to allow four times the normal about of recording time per disc! I was really worried that I would never really use my MD - I was addicted to my Rio and loading it up with MP3s everyday. I'm happy to say that I listen to my MD more than I ever listened to my Rio! It was a great purchase, and I have to thank Barron and Matt for talking me into it! I love to record in the super-compressed mode - the quality is barely affected at all by the compression, and I can get 5 CDs on one little disc (I put 5 Beach Boys double-CDs on one disc - the equivalent of 10 vinyl albums!). Now I need to get an MD player for my home stereo!