There is a reason that everyone tries to copy the iPod, and others try to downplay it. The iPod Classic is still the best MP3 player out there. I laugh when I think about my original Sony Walkman, or even the CD player I used to use at the gym. I bougth a sports case for my iPod so it can attach to my waist, or to a stroller, or anyhere else. I can easily play enough music to get in a good work out. When my son was up late at night, I even used to use the Solitaire and other games to help me relax and fall back asleep. I love how many songs I can keep on the iPod. The earbuds, when you take off the foamy pieces are quite comfortable. It would be better if they came in a retractable case, though, or were completely retractable into the iPod itself. My main complaint with the iPod was that if I don't use it for a while, the battery goes dead. Like ohter new electronics, the battery needs to be used. It is easy to recharge, though, and to update. The iPod remains a top pick for anyone who likes to carry around their favorite music.