I recently came by a little cash and was finally able to get myself one of those new-fangled MP3 players all the kids are be-boppin' to these days. I picked up the 80GB Zune, mainly because of the bigger screen, Wi-Fi sync capabilities, and FM tuner that the iPods lack. 80 gigs, you ask? Isn't that a bit extreme? Why, yes, it is. But I figure, if you're gonna hit it... hit it hard! Anyways, it's got it's own online music service similar to Apple's iTunes. It's called the Zune Marketplace. And since I've chosen to hook up with a monthly subscription pass, it lets me download just about anything they have available -- with no limits -- and carry it around on my Zune. It's kind of like having a library card. You can take out anything you like, but at the end of the day, you don't really own any of it. With the Marketplace, if you stop subscribing, your downloaded tracks will stop playing after awhile. But overall, it's a very cool way to listen to a wide variety of tunes without spending a fortune by actually buying all those CD's. With this new-found freedom of musical exploration, I've been checking out all kinds of stuff. I've been listening to a band from the 80's called Grim Reaper quite a bit. Very cool stuff. Soaring vocals, cheesy choruses, and a galloping pace that just won't quit. I've been enjoying their '99 compilation "Best of Grim Reaper." It's also given me the chance to check out some of Samson's old albums. They've got nearly all of them. Those of particular interest to me were their first three releases, which featured the vocals of Bruce Dickenson before he joined Iron Maiden. Back then he called himself "Bruce Bruce." Don't ask me why. As a big Maiden fan, it's been a real treat to see how he sounded back in the day with a different band. I've also been gobbling up a bunch of old Gamma Ray albums -- can't get enough of those guys -- Iced Earth albums I was never able to find on store shelves, and even some classic David Bowie just to mix things up a bit. What are you guys digging into these days?