I'm a little strapped for cash right now, but about two weeks ago I managed to order Xiaoxiao a blue Sony NetMD from Amazon. I couldn't not really -- it was a brilliant price and has turned out to be a really nice little player.
It doesn't come with some of the new features, including HiMD (1GB discs), the battery compartment is a little large (but it takes AAs which is a Good Thing(TM)) and the remote control has no display. Still, I'm impressed with it myself.
Xiaoxiao's old player (which cost £200-upwards at the time) was an all-metal body and very slim. A nice little unit indeed, but unfortunately it was faulty -- I'm not sure what was wrong exactly. At least she will be content when on the 12-hour plus (about 14 hours, including the changeover time in Germany) flight from Manchester to Pudong International Airport, Shanghai.
Anyhow, we've just hooked it up to the hi-fi here and I don't think she's been this content in ages. All I can hear from my little room is a little tune and lots of whistling along. Could it be the MiniDisc player... or is it just the fact she's just finished her exams today?