I've been recording my various band practices for the last 5 or more years with my Sharp 722 minidisc recorder. This thing is indistructable, and sounds great. Well, it sounds great on the original minidisc, but when I transfer it to my PC analog using audacity, it just looses tons of quality. All the nuances are gone, and that makes me sad. I record using a small sony condenser mic that is powered with a couple of double As. I also have a Neuros, but I've never gotten good results from it. I got it to replace my MD recorder, but I didn't want to (and still don't) purchase a mic pre-amp to use with it. My sony mic just doesn't seem to have enough gain. Anyway, that device is on its last leg, so I need to think about what's next. I would love to be able to transfer the recordings digitally, USB or firewire. It must have decent battery life, and be portal. Nice to haves would be to have it double as my every-day mp3 (ogg vorbis plz!) player. Any suggestions/recommendations?