Buy this $29 MP3 CD player and you will be happy:http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?cat=3983&dept=3944&product_id=2197586&path=0%3A3944%3A3983%3A4534
It plays audio and MP3 CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs. I got two last night (one for Molly and one for me) and I've been playing with one of them for a couple hours now. It rocks
It has some built-in EQ settings, only spins up an MP3 disc once a minute or so for about 10 seconds to buffer in another megabyte of data, shows album and song names from the ID3 tags, and seems to have no problem with variable bitrate tracks and fixed bitrates from 128 to 160 (what I've tested so far). It also safely ignores all files that don't end in .mp3. I have some Sega Genesis game music rips in .gym format and a bunch of .mods, .its, .s3m, and .sids on the test CD-RW disc and they were all ignored. The test disc is multisession and I didn't close it out, so it also handles open multisession discs just fine. The bottom of the player doesn't get hot sitting on a pile of dirty laundry after playing for about 15 minutes.
Oh yeah, and it has line-out, a built-in battery charger (if you plug it in and it's got rechargables in it), and seems to run great off my NiMH AAs.
I don't think I'll charge them in the player, though-- I already have a decent Radio Shack (dis)charger/conditioner. I use my rechargables in spurts and they're in sorry shape after sitting out for months unused. I usually have to fully discharge them in a flashlight by leaving it on for a day or so, then charge them on trickle for another day, then fully discharge again, then do a normal fast charge and they're fine. I use a flashlight because the conditioner only draws them down to 1 volt before considering them dead and that doesn't always cut it for batteries that have been sitting around for more than a couple months.
The truck's tape deck is FUBAR and I don't want to needlessly wear out the Saturn's tape deck motor on long trips, so all I need is a couple of those FM transmitters that plug into the headphone or line-out jack. So far I haven't been able to find any. I don't know if I can use the iTrip
because it draws power from the iPod it's attached to on some kind of weird connector. The site doesn't say if you can use it with anything other than an iPod and Griffin's customer service is (not surprisingly) answering the phone in the wee hours of Saturday morning.