OTOH, I've been waiting for a FLOS based 100 gig plus player that I can
actually purchase new for some time... and basically gave up on rockbox.
Instead I decided to go with one of those Linux based netbooks... but
there again had to wait until a decent 100 gig plus version came out.
I've currently got an Acer Aspire One, Linux, 120 gig SATA based HD, on
order (it should have come but I had to have it shipped to the US from
Canada since it seems the Linux based SATA version wasn't sold in the US,
and it got lost in customs, and I'm having to do a reship). I intend to
stick Gentoo (built in a 32-bit chroot on my dual-dual-core Opteron main
system) on it, KDE, and use it for both a(n) UMPC/netbook and a Linux
based media player.
I've been considering a 120-ish gig flash drive; the Supertalent 120 gig
MLC version I saw for ~$600 looked interesting, but we'll see. Of
course, I'll also get the bigger battery at some point. I expect I'll
run the music player with the screen off most of the time, which will
extend the battery life somewhat.
I'm really looking forward to being able to show people what a real-life
Linux install can do, and at the price, may well end up having several
friends get it too, if it works as well as I hope it will. Having the
full Linux and full keyboard, etc, will therefore be quite useful to
me -- much more so than a simple MP3 player, altho it'll be somewhat
bigger and have somewhat less battery time -- but it should be enough,
with the bigger battery anyway.