I used my Hero as a mp3 player while snowboarding today. I was very happy with the experience that I had with it. Had it going for 5 straight hours and battery was at 60 percent when I was done. It never faultered in any way and the sound quality was superb. When I had my Iphone there would no way in hell been able to play it for 5 hours with out worry of it running out of batteries. I have some 2 hour mixes and Iphone/Ipods frown upon those as they will drain the battery. I was using meridian player and set it to random and let it do its thing. It was random and seemed to never come close to playing the same artist very close together. I am not sure if this has to do with the 10g worth of music or the player actually able to recognize that I wanted it to be random. Just happy with the phone as a Mp3 player and the quality of it. How is your experience with your media player of choice? Which do you prefer? I am always experimenting with these things as there are always something better. The only thing that I am not to thrilled with meridian is its UI but it does its job well and uses gesters very well.