Last night my iPod hit the deck for the last time. It's had a long, hard life and has served me well. Sadly, I think it needs fixing with a new one.

However, despite my iPod's many years of service, iTunes gets up my nose and, quite frankly, I resent Apple's monopoly. I know there used to be other large capacity MP3 players, such as iRiver and Creative, but those brands seem to have confined themselves to smaller capacity MP3 players now.

I'm more or less resigned to an iPod being my only option, but does anyone know of any others? I don't care if it doesn't look as stylish, but I would need it to be in a similar price range.