I'm really new to the whole MP3 player thing...infact this is my first one! I've read many mixed reviews on the Zen Stone Plus but I have nothing but good things to say about it. It's attractive and comes in a nice variety of colors. Has a nice digital screen that displays track name, running time, battery life and any other options you may have turned on (such as bass boost). It's not just an MP3 player however, it also functions as a stopwatch, recorder, FM radio with which you can set up to 32 preset stations, clock and countdown timer. With 2 GB of space it holds up to 500 songs (depending on song length that varies of course)...I've uploaded quite a few of my CD's and what I really love is that with the software downlouded from the website I am able to catogorize my music and shuffle through it as I wish. I really love this little gadget, my sister actually bought an iPod shuffle before I got my Zen and she's jealous over all the features mine has compared to hers and they both cost the same. I really highly recommend the Zen Stone Plus!!