Apple iPod nano 8GB Portable MP3 Player
I know this is like practically the 1997 of iPods, and the Apple store guy was even like, "Really?" when I bought it. Because of course the smart economy would seem to suggest just getting all that extra disk space, and the video feature. But this little Nano is awesome - I actually think about what music's on there instead of just jamming my entire collection on it - which means there's less stuff on it that I'm totally sick of (Missy Elliott). The battery lasts forever - and because it's so light, it'll just swing on the headphone cable if you drop it, instead of crashing to the floor like the heavier regular ones. (I've been there.) If someone offered me a free, bigger one, I wouldn't make that trade. I'll be driving from New York to Portland, via Cincinnati, Austin, and Denver for these readings - the Nano is going to be indispensable.