From the link above I found that Sony is also going to include that same type of LiIon battery in some of its new Hi dens MD models that iPod is using.
Further that the PD Audio device $199 seems to be tied to its mic preamp an additional $499, and that does not include the mics! Slap on another $200 or so for something compatible, for a grand total of about $900.
It looks like the Sonys (Sonies?) are gonna run $200 - $400 depending on what features you can live with.
Most automobiles I've driven all my adult life have not cost that much. My latest, $37.50 for an '85 Toyota pu with 100,000 miles on it. It sat in the blackberry bushes for 8 years after being driven for 10 years.
If I were a rich man, laa da deedle dydle deedle dydle deedle dydle dum, all day long I'd shop for MD recorders....