I bought my first SONY ECM-DS70P in Perth Australia in 2002 and have used it extensively since. It has been used for recording gamelan music in Indonesia (poking out the top of a rucksack) and choir concerts in Iceland, orchestral concerts in the UK, organ playing in cathedrals and I can't remember what else! All with very satisfactory results.
Sadly, at last I have managed to trash the T-joint, which seems to have led to a loosening of the wires inside and now I get a bit of intermittent white noise, so it's time for this little mic to go but I say, at this price, ten years and in Arctic, temperate and tropic climes, this microphone has done superbly and I will be buying another. No question!
I saw some suspiciously cheap ones on ebay but they are fakes from Hong Kong - caveat emptor! You can even see the airbrushing out of the Sony name on some pictures, if you zoom in ...
Buy yourself an extension lead to go with the microphone. Belkin Pro Series Mini Stereo Extension Cord 3.5mm M/F 3.6m
I am also considering a right angle jack plug adaptor, to conserve the one on the mic itself. RIGHT ANGLE 3.5MM ST PLUG TO SOCKET ADAPTOR
For reference, I record using an iriver H340 and the two have been completely compatible (it also worked exceptionally well with a sony Minidisc recorder).