I’m looking for a portable that’s based on a 2.5" SATA drive so I can expand it to some huge amount (I want to be able to keep my entire music library with me at all times, so I don’t have to choose what to put on the player). I currently have a 30GB iPod video and an old Creative Nomad Jukebox 3 (hacked to 60 GB from 20 GB). I prefer the Nomad’s UI over the iPod’s, but Creative’s filesystem apparently restricts it to 120 GB/15,000 tracks (and it uses parallel ATA drives, which would restrict it to 250GB at any rate, although at this point I’d settle for that amount).
iPods can be hacked to use larger drives, but they use 1.8" drives, which are significantly more expensive (a 240 GB 1.8" drive is over $200), plus, my existing iPod can only fit a 120 GB (single platter) drive due to its shallower form factor.
Also, it should have a UI that’s conducive to ease of use for music listening (for example, there are a couple of portable video players that would possibly fit the bill, but their music features are strictly rudimentary [for example, they don’t even remember their playlist when they’re shut off]).
Any suggestions? Does anything like this exist?