At least get something that can be Rockboxed, it's excellent.
I'm an iriver fanboy personally, I love their players. I don't know if they do one in 40GB or above though.
tbh i think rockbox sucks, it drains an unnecesary about of battery life, yes the extra features are nice but id rather listen to a little more atreyu than play a game that i could play with far better gfx nd gameplay on me 2x. and whats with the "gapless playback" its not gapless
but on a lighter note irivers are are pretty dam rad
I'd stay away from iPods myself, I've had a fair few in the past 2 years.. all with hardware faults
i hear alot about these ipod hardware faults but ive neva had any. ive owned 2 ipod minis, a photo, a video nd a shiffle 2 nd iv had no probs at all - is it just that i update before these problem can occur?