Yay! I have started a relationship with a new player. Meet my new Sony Walkman. It has 8 G of memory. The 4 G players were 99 dollars and the pink ones with 8 G were on sale for 129 so for 30 dollars I got twice the memory. It is small and thin and very light. I bought a skin for it so hopefully it'll stay protected. I can't bookmark where I leave off in recorded books but if I just turn it off, it comes on where I left off so I'll get used to that.
It's a flash drive and not a hard drive so it can take a little more of a beating than the hard drive players that have so recently failed me. The media manager that comes with it sucks big time. Creative is all over Sony in that respect. I am stuck with Windows Media Player (which is so-so) or someting called Media Monkey that PK recommends and has just downloaded onto my computer. Either way, my brain feels overloaded right now. I have managed to download a few of my books (thank goodness I save them on the computer first) but I think I'll put off finding my favorite music for another day. I can only take so much technology in one day.
I've had good luck with all of the various Sony walkmen (walkmans? walkwomen?) over the years. I am looking forward to a long and healthy relationship with this one. But now, it's time to turn off the computer and pick up the knitting. I have a few hours of my day off left and I want to enjoy them peacefully listening to a new book and working on the socks.