Sitting here looking at the surviving two metres or so of my once extensive vinyl collection, which is never played (I'm almost an audiophile, but never an analogue purist, and in addition the no longer replaceable drive belt on my record deck is slacker than socks, giving a whole new meaning to wow and flutter). Alongside is a tea chest full of old compact cassettes, quietly shedding their information. I had planned to transfer both these collections onto minidisk when I bought into the format some years back. Of course I never did, and aren't I glad. Three shoeboxes bulging with disks, unplayable since my last player died, stand testimony to the tyranny of the industry, inasmuch as the paying public are so often left high and dry. So it was with a smile on my face that I fell asleep last night. I'd suddenly realised that, since I'm about to buy my first DAP, I will no longer have to buy a blank every time I buy a new album. I'll save space and money, which is a definate plus for the apparently somewhat flawed MP3 medium. With the money saved I could go on to buy a second 20gb player, and get 'round the battery life problem. After all, they're so tiny!