I've been ripping like mad recently as well as much work with visits to Enschede Tilburg Moerdijk all in the name of the Km work.
I've made my MP3 player purchase and I did not go for an iPod (I know my postings were all about iPoding but it's a nice generic verb I thought).
I got a Creative Zen Xtra 60GB one (enough room for about 1500 CDs by my reckoning), the software is way better for a PC I was told - plus it's cheaper by 200 euros)
The really nice thing about it is the following: I've always liked it when someone comes to my house and chooses one from my vast array of CDs, and plays it. So it a little surprise to me what is playing. The radio does not fully do this to me as I do not like all the songs they play.
I found when you have loads of CDs you spend a few minutes perusing the collecting, making your choice and then walking it over to the player. By this time the surprise element is gone and as BB King so elegantly states, 'The Thrill is Gone'.
So now by using the random play feature on the Zen Extra I get surprised all the time, and I like (or liked at some stage in my life) the music.
I've cabled it into my digital amplifier and it sound great I must admit (I know it's lower sound quality in comparison to the CDs, but with young kids in the house you don't notice the difference).
So I'm about 33% through the CD collection (just doing Rodrigo, Neil Young and Schubert) as it seems the even spread across the letters is not true, I have circa 1100.
Phew back to ripping.