Developed by British-born company IDEO and American company Audible Inc, the player is currently only available over the Web, from http://www.audible.com, at $199. Different regulations between the US and Europe mean that it isn't marketed in the UK at the moment.
The range of recordings so far available includes keynote business speeches, Ernest Hemingway in his own words, excerpts from the Harvard Business Review and words from Billy Graham. Programmable audio without the clutter of cassettes - let's hope they start selling it here soon. David Phelan