I'd rather not get one until there's some kind of re-chargeable battery available, through USB
You've always been able to do that, via USB or Firewire....
I'd much rather have an iriver or something you can copy music to just using explorer's drang and drop rahter than some shite proprietary interface which tells me what i can and can't listen to.They do have amazing control systems though - very easy to use on the go.
Bigger Nige wrote
and Bose have just brought out a speaker dock for the iPod which has a brilliant sound to it.Has a remote control and charges the iPod whilst it's playing too.
Reasons not to buy one:There are players with better sound quality available (iRiver etc)
The iPod and it's accessories are more expensive than the alternatives
Other players are also easy to use
iTunes and iPod DRM the hell out of your music, making it difficult to move to other players/your PDA/your laptop etc etc
Apple have a poor reputation for design faults on the iPods and are very unhelpful about these faults, especially when out of warranty (in the USA Apple were sued in a class action suit about the life of their iPod batteries and now have to replace them for customers. In the rest of the world they do not acknowledge this and won't swap them)
The Apple music store only has music from a limited selection of labels that work with Apple.
Topper Harley wrote
most people here slate Apple ipods because most of you use PC's, its almost fashionable to slate Apple.
They are easy to set up and get going with. Most importantly, keep your music library on the hard disc of your pc too. That way if you lose, have it nicked, break the ipod, you still have all your music.You don't need to have an ipod to start collecting music, just download itunes from HERE and off you go If you get a portable hard drive, you can also lift all yer mates music to give you a head start but I didn't say that
You can do that with any MP3, Creative, Sony, Iriver, Philips et alThey are all better than Apples offerings and cheaper too. Take a look on any hi fi forum, you'll be convinced very quickly.However if you just want those poofy white (and shitty) earbuds, then ipod is perfect for you.I'd recommend the Etymotics, but they cost more than 2 x Nano's
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