I was going to get aniPOD but just got a Creative Labs Nomad 30Gb at Best Buy. I had heard iPOD batteries are prorietary and a pita to replace and the hard drive can have problems. But this is hearsay if not rumor. I can still return the Creative Labs for another brand. I don't have Firewire on my PC. This is to make lists of songs to run to and also to play through my stereo or other stereo. I don't need Palm Pilot like capabilities. User friendly is most important. So, your input is appreciated.