I'm in the market for a 40Gb MP3 player to take on a 3 week holiday. I like the iPod in terms of styling and features, and it is about the budget I have to spend. However, I really want to use it as a mass storage device and I don't think the iPod is; can anyone confirm? My understand is that you have to use iTunes to sync MP3s from your PC to it. I am also not sure about what format is uses. I understand that it creates a different file format on copy and saves this to your hard disk too. (I think it was a WM3 file?)...if it creates a new file, won't that take up hard disk space? I would appreciate it if anyone can help me. If anyone else can suggest an alternative player for about £250-£300. I have looked at the MPIO HD300 and the Creative Zen. The MPIO has had bad reports of it crashing and I don't think the Zen is available in 40Gb. All comments greatly received. Thanks Jonathan.