New to the UK market is the Godot M9500 MP3 player, a 4GB machine with a stylish brushed metal casing.
The 4GB capacity should store up to 1000 songs in MP3 format or double that in WMA format. It can also playback in Ogg and WMA DRM. There’s 12 minutes of anti-shock, which should mean less skipping, along with a voice recorder, FM radio and recording, audio bookmarking (in case you need to halt mid-track or during an audio book) and line-in encoding – so you can record directly to the device from virtually anything into MP3 format.
Transfer of tracks is via USB and the rechargeable battery should give you nine hours of playback. The M9500 is available now, priced around £80.