The i-pod classic is still the best MP3 player around. It simply plays music well and displays photos well. I've put all my music on and have only used 10% of the capacity. It is very easy to use although you have to it with i-tunes. The genius feature makes listening to your own music a surprise.
I can see why people like to have music and a phone or access to the internet but I still think that that classic is the best for the music lover and I can't recommend it highly enough.