Ipods suck. I have two of them.
Then, one day, a student gave me a cheapy MP3 player that I don't even know the name of. I thought it was too expensive of a gift, and was hesitant to accept it, so I looked it up online. It was 29 bucks, so I kept it.
It's 4 gigabytes. That's about 1000 songs, which is a small fraction of my collection, but a thousand songs is more than enough for a week or two.
But what's cool is that it simply behaves as a portable hard drive. I plug it into the USB port and simply drag songs to it from my 14,000 song collection. The songs don't convert or move or anything. They simply make a copy of themselves onto the MP3 player and that's it.
I have an Ipod Classic that I use a lot, and my daughter has a nano, but we won't be buying anymore Ipods.
There's really no point. They have no advantage over the cheaper MP3 players you can pick up for 30 dollars.
And both produce the same sound quality. Ipods are not superior in sound at all.