hear hear!Personally, I avoided the iPod wave altogether and bought an iRiver H300 many years ago. It's easily taken apart to replace the battery or hard disk, and can even be loaded with a new OS if you care to do so. (I have).
Ted,That iRiver looks pretty nifty. I'd never heard of it. But lets hear it for the tactile feedback of buttons and enough jacks and ports to do what you need!
Well I never bought the traditional ipod but I do now have the new apple phone. I know shame on me who hates all this new technology that is attached to us all. However my job requires gps and they do not even help me pay for the bill. This is a good time to tell you I am looking for a new job. It was just easier to get all the gadgets on the phone then be irritated by having to buy several different ones to do my job. Any way I guess all these things have their place but I wish it could stay away from me. I can not tell you how many times I have experienced fixing things with the same crazy results you have described. This being from everything in the home to toys. Things use to be made to be fixed as the manufacturer assumed you would fix it. Now they just want you to throw everything away.
I'm not always happy with the tech I need to use at work, either. It doesn't seem fair that you need to pay for your own, though! If you do, the gps combined with the phone (and probably a camera, too, I'd guess) is a pretty good deal. Hopefully it'll never break down, though, since you probably can't fix it!
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