Sony finally gave in and started making MP3-capable Walkman CD players. I finally gave in and bought one.
Key features: Great sound (better than the ThinkPad at work), plenty of volume range (goes up to 11), runs for 24 hours on two ordinary AA cells, understands ISO9660 CDs with long filenames, supports any MP3 bit rate MP3 from 8 to 320 including VBR, G-Protection anti-skip, reads CD-R and CD-RW, supports ID3 tags, navigates by track or folder, repeats or shuffles any folder or the entire disc, recharges NiCD batteries in the player if you get an AC adaptor, also plays regular audio CDs, it’s the smallest and lightest MP3 CD player, understands CD TEXT, has no copy protection or DRM (plays regular PC-burnt CD-Rs), and it’s $99. (Whew.) Works great with iTunes and/or LAME—r3mix.
Model number is D-CJ500. They’re selling fast.
It isn’t as cool as an iPod, and it doesn’t have any fancy DSP or remote control features, but it’s cheap and practical.