Ipod Nano w/4GB storage, $199 everywhere. Holds 1500 songs, simple to use, thin, small but easy to control. If she runs or walks, the Nike $29 accessory is supposed to be great fun. Cheers,
The IPOD interface is especially female friendly...that goes for Itunes as well. I bought a 30gb version for my wife and she absolutely loves it. The interface is so straightforward and colorful. Plus, you get album cover art displayed while songs are playing, but also in large format displayed in the Itunes library, which looks very cool. Personally, I like Cowon MP3 players, but they are more technical, therefore, male oriented, and no where near as user friendly as the IPod.
Along with the IPod, get her a pink
Z cover (http://www.zcover.com/) to go with it.
Agree with both posters above, if this not a Christmas gift and you're not in a rush, you can make your iPod buy at Ebay.
I bought a black 30 GB iPod video with cradle, earphones and all accessories for $151.00. The seller seems to have an unlimited supply as there are several closing every day. I think he clears out returns for the Apple Store.
The package had been opened and resealed but the iPod looked absolutely new and the money saved allowed me the luxury of premium earbuds :^).
My Ultimate Ears 5's kill the stock Apple buds, it was absolutely the right way to go for me.
A safe bet with a great price is to buy a refurbished iPod directly from the Apple Store. The stock varies but right now there's a broad selection. As an example, a 30 Gb Video iPod in either white or black is $179. There's a warranty directly from Apple and the 60 Gb video I bought was indistinguishable from a new one.
The 4GB nano holds no where near 1500 songs unless really compressed or really short. Of our four, my wife managed the most at 401. The full sized iPods have better sound quality-we have three of those as well, all compared through same buds-etymotic ER4 micorpro. The nano is a fancy flash drive and can handle some abuse. The iPod a limited use mini hard drive and is very sensitive to mishandling. Those moving parts . . .
Buying TV shows off iTunes is dead simple. Movies aren't really worth it right now; they aren't DVD quality, but it's easy enough to rip DVDs to put on your iPod if going on a trip and want something to watch (Google it, there's lots of options... I use a Mac, so don't know the windows ones).
As with music, transferring TV shows to an iPod is easy... simple actually. It's all handled by iTunes. Also, since she has such a long commute, she'd probably like to listen to podcasts, which iTunes will automatically download new shows for you, and transfer them to your iPod when you plug it in. I subscribe to a couple of NPR podcasts and technology shows, and it beats traditional radio handsdown - no commercials and a much much larger selection.
As far as a nano or full-sized iPod goes. Does she work out? If she does, the nano is much smaller and better suited for that. If she's just going to be using this in the car, then a full-sized iPod is probably the way to go. More storage and the ability to play video (as far as I know, nano's don't play video, but I would double check that at Apple's site).
Oh and lastly, you'll need a way to hook it up the car's sound system. If you have a tape deck, get a $10 tape adapter. If not, then look at reviews of the FM broadcasters, you can get one that plugs into the car's cigarette lighter, which is good for people who forget to charge things. I've heard lots of negative things about the FM broadcasters though, so go an alternative route if possible.