I don't NEED an iPod, all I need is Food, Water and Air. Everything else is just a convenience.
I think the author is being disingenuous. He says iPod, but the same question could be asked about computers, cars, homes and so on..
Is there an alternative if you're a mac user? Are there other players that are compatible? I've never looked, I'v ebeen a staunch ipod supporter from the begining, but my ipod just died and I'm not thrilled with apples attitude that ipods only last a year or two. I paid $500 for my ipod at the time and think something that expensive should last way longer than 4 years. I'd be interested in something else that has the capacity an ipod does for the price and the size. I don't think there is anything out there, but I'd be willing to compare and maybe switch.
That is a little ridiculous - so far, I haven't had an iPod die on me. What kind of problems are you having with it?