I bought a Creative MP3 player and I'm very happy with it. A lot of people at my school have I-pods and I think every last one has had to send it in to replace one part or another.
When you compare the Creative with the Ipod, the Creative has a battery life that's twice as long, and more space for less money.
If you're looking for the trendy choice though, take the Ipod - they look slick. But if you want quality and price, I'd take a C-pod.
Here's a link to the one I got: