I've been carting cd's back and forth to work and the gym in order to be able to listen to what I want. When my cd player, which is relatively new, started malfuntioning, I decided to upgrade to an MP3 player. I found a lot that were either out of my price range or had way more bells and whistles than I needed. This player was what I needed at the right price. When I got it home, I was a bit put out to discover that I had to load MusicMatch in order to use it, and that it doesn't work with Windows Media Player or Real Player, and it doesn't simply function as an external hard drive. But MediaMatch is easy enough to use once loaded. I recommend going for the 64MB memory model, since the price difference is 20 bucks. I can get just over and hour of music on it, and I plan to invest in an external memory card later to expand the amount of music I can put on it. What's more, I can decide from what day to the next which songs I want to carry around. The neckband is great for the gym, as is the armband. I'm hoping that if the plastic carrier breaks another one can be purchased easily. For the money, and for what it does, this MP3 player is a good buy.