As a true music appreciator, the mp3 player as a whole is quite a nescecity to me anymore. I've had a couple of different ones, and unsatisfied kept looking for one that would produce the quality I was searching for.
Apple obviously has conquered the marketing part of mp3 plyers with their extensive advertising for the ipods, but I didn't know if their product could live up to such standards....at least I didn't until I got my nano.
The sound quality is amazing. I like my music LOUD and am glad to say that the ipod can give off a quality sound even louder than what I can stand. That's impressive in itself. I had no problems figuring out the mechanics of it, though I could see how those who are not bound to a computer day in and day could have difficulties with it.
My music collection in my pocket anytime I want it, at an amazing quality is all I could ask for and it's what Apple has given.