Portable Digital Music has evolved quite a bit over the years to the point where you can play your MP3s on your PDA and even your Mobile [phone], but most have a specific device for this. I have had a few specifc devices myself but never really fell in love with any of them. Recently (within the last two months), my girlfriend and I had been going back forth over the iPod- her for, I against. My arguement was that you already carry a PDA and a cell phone, why should you carry something else as well especially when you could just get an SD card to hold your MP3s on the Cell/PDA? I mean, when are you going to need 20 gigs of music anyways?
Then, like most "new" devices I broke down and bought one for our trip to Cleveland. I got a great deal $250 for the 20 gig iPod with an iTrip (FM Transmitter) and Car Charger - Not too shabby. This doesn't happen very often, but I admit, I was wrong about the iPod.
The selector wheel is "fun" and an innovative way to select playlists and songs. The iPod even has fun games like breakout and a fun Music Trivia with your songs - Great for airplane rides. The FM Transmitter works great going from the car to the stereo in my cube. The one drawback to the iPod I have found now is the size limit of yes the 20 gigs. I wish I had purchased the 30, 40, or even the 60 gig model. I have barely started ripping my CDs and I am already at 13 gig and that does not include any new music I buy.
So, now the only problem is stopping myself from buying addons and downloading too many songs from iTunes. Overall, I would say the iPod is a good addition for any gadget person and even for those that are not.