I'm thinking of getting a "Mothership" mp3 player for my birthday. It occured to me when I brought my CD collection on an airplane and it took me 10 minutes to get the binder back in. I've obviously thought about getting an Ipod. There are 3 things that I'm iffy about. 1) Sound quality- I really don't want it to sound like it's stiff compressed mp3s. 2.) Battery Life-How long does the battery last? I read in other thread that depending on the way you charge it, it could be 2-3 years or 8-9 years. 3.) Itunes. I run linux. As whiney as it sounds, I wouldn't want to boot into windows just to load up the Ipod, but that can be pushed aside for function. I don't want this to become "WTFOMGYOUSHUDTGETAIPODCUZITROX" or a "DONTGETIPODBECUZITSUXANDITSTOEXPENSIVE" thread. I'm open to pretty much all ideas, but I want function over form.