This should suit you well. I would pick the 320gb hard drive so you can have alot to play with. As the link should tell you, it has a firewire 800 port. Also bump the ram up to 4gb. That should give you a chance to run alot of programs without any slow down.
I would of recomended the Macbook, but it has a over heating problem when under pressure. So as you'll be running a few cpu intensive programs the Macbook won't be able to cope from what I've read and heard.
Also, get the "apogee duet" sound card interface. Go google it and you'll find loads of good reviews about. Its a firewire interface.
If you have any money left, try and get Logic Express 9 pre installed when you buy your mac. That should be perfect to get you started for making music.
If your a student, see if you can get a student discount. You'll get a good £65 off, if not alot more.
Hope all of this helps.
A final piece of advise, get apple care as soon as you can. You know how computers can be, so it'll be good to extend to a 3yr warranty.
cool... I was looking more at processor speeds as you can normally get the upgrades for a lot cheaper than what apple do... i wasn't sure whether or not to go for logic express but it seems that it's cheapest from apple but if it's reccomended then it's one to go for...
If you are looking to record more than 2/4 inputs, then you really do need a firewire port.
RAM you can upgrade, and really the processor speed is going to be a factor if you want to run a lot of tracks at the same time.
A MBP is what I use, and I've had few problems over nearly 2 years running as my main machine.
I use Logic 8 (still) - but I would recommend getting the full copy of Logic 8 or 9 as it is a great program, which is easy to use, and will deliver almost everything you will need.
cool... was looking at the macbook pro's and thinking of getting the 13" one just cause i'd kill a bigger one.... my 15" dell manages to work the screws out of itself which is really weird and the hing in knackered too... only just about a year old!
If i could have worked out linux i would have used that cause it's free but it's looking like it aint gonna happen!!!
cheers for the info guys.... still trying to start saving!!!
If you're looking at recording more than a few tracks of audio at a time, I'd look at getting an external 7200rpm Firewire drive to go with it as well; IIRC the Macbook Pros 'only' have 5400rpm drives, which tend to run out of steam if you're recording a drum kit or something.