"NOT the best HD-Player"2.5 starson by lionel76
Pros: Design (not really)
Cons: Soundquality, Compatibility , iTunes
Summary: The Cnet rating on this player is definitely not fair. The iPod fails to do so many important things (USB-On the go, external harddrive, FM-radio, Micro & LineIn-recording, camera connector "optional", OGG-Playback). It is not as feature-packed as iRiver H340 or iaudio X5. Both competitors sound much better than the iPod. Just look at the ipod-users at ipodlounge.com complaining about the soundquality!
The major drawback of course IS iTunes. It gives you so many restrictions. For instance, you cannot organize your musicfiles on several computers. Very annoying!
And don't forget, this iPod is thicker than the old 4th Gen. 20 GB iPod. This is the price for a better battery life.
So, what's the ipod mania all about?