Thanks very much for that information. I must say, I'm very happy with the minidisc player and have quickly become a fan. Much better sound than any mp3 player I've come across and I bought mine in a 'bundle' that came with batteries and recharger for $190 AUS. 1Gb discs have been costing me $3.45 each and in the high density mode I get about 10 complete cd's per disc. It seems fairly robust as well as I dropped mine from the top flight of steps on a train carriage (much to my dismay). It suffered a compression on the plastic case but hasn't skipped a beat. If Sony had been able to get the price down a bit on the players and offered something comparable to itunes -not impossible given that they own so much music anyway, they might have captured a significant slice of the market that now belongs to the ipod.