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If you want an MP3 player anywhere, anytime, and in any weather, there's one realistic alternative: Flash memory. Sure, hard drive-based players like iPods can hold all your music, but the moving parts won't do well in extreme heat or cold. If you drop your iPod, it can kill the machine and your precious music collection. Shop instead for a "sports" MP3 player that uses Flash memory and can easily take a pounding from the weather -- and you. Look to sports companies like Nike, or experienced electronics makers like Rio, Creative, Philips or Samsung. There's no sports iPod yet, so you're going to be limited to MP3 and WMA files. You can also find sports MP3 players with FM radio included, so you can hear the news along with your music.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|