Well I'll be the first to tell you to take the same $299 you would spend on that 5GB mp3 player, and spend it on the 20GB version of the iPOD for the same price.
Please Keep in mind that the prices listed are in CAD. If you're $299 quote is CAD too please show me where you saw that because I don't believe it considering I get a very good discount (Just over cost for the store) and it doesn't even come near to $299.
I'm not sure if it was that version of the RIO, but one of their products is plagued with hard-drive failures.
I did read one review, and only one where a person was saying how in the middle of play it froze up and said something up an upgrader. They took it in and it was fried, or along those lines...then They got an ipod. I believe on future shops site.
"not bad, 1/10/2005
Reviewer: nish, waterloo
this product is alright, but not great. I was pleased with the batterly life, audio quality, etc. but the problem is its actual construction. after a while, it just basically died and said "upgrader" on the window, and i had to exchange it to get my ipod. all in all, ipod > carbon. "
I'd love a 20gb ipod, but I don't really have the money at the moment, since I'm already getting a couple other higher end/pricey items!!
- Jason DePodesta