probably the best place to look and have you considered irivers range?
if you hold out till after christmas apple will be releasing a special version of the ipod I cant say more than that but trust me it will be worth the wait.
On the subject of ipod, battery life is an issue most players now last well and above the 10 hours that ipods will run. also they are the most commonly stolen item as the earphones stand out a mile.
How much memory are you looking at getting as this will influence your decision?