> the AC's - who are these people?....
And you think "Chris" makes you any more identifiable or respectable than "AC" - anyone can make up a name.
> how many 'updated' ipods have you been through/have sitting lame in a drawer, in that time?
None are sitting in a drawer.
> Inherent quality rather than obsolescence I suggest.
My first iPod - a 10GB 2nd generation from early 2002 is still in daily use by my Boss' son and its original battery (amazingly) still holds a very good charge.
My 2nd iPod - a 40GB 4th generation from late 2004, purchased for increased storage as my music library grew, is also still in daily use by a family member, still on its original battery and going strong.
My 3rd, and current iPod - a 16GB iPod touch, purchased in 2007 for the hugely increased functionality, is used daily for email, web browsing & music. And is still having major new features added to it, 18 months after release. (Sony will have forgotten all about your device in a few months, as they do with everything else they release)
I've never had a problem with any of my iPods (3 over 8 years) and all are still in use and working well.
> the DRM backchat particularly gets my goat, Fairplay my a$$.
Ironic that you mention DRM when Sony's DRM limitations on its players are even more restrictive than Apple's. Everything had to be converted to a proprietary format. iPods have always been able to play DRM-free music. Until recently it was the record labels that insisted on DRM.
Anyway, why, if iPods are so inferior, do people still buy them? Nobody would buy 'another' of something they weren't happy with. (And don't say people are tied to the iTunes Store - most people have no or very few tracks purchased from iTunes in their iPods - iPod contents mostly come from existing CDs, or less legal sources.)
> We all know Apple is only successful in this field thanks to the RDF marketing
Yeah... riiiight... So why do iPods consistently come top in comparison reviews, year after year, from all areas (not just Apple press).
Even El Reg's review back in September ended saying:
"the combination of the 3.5in screen, video and music playback, gaming, wireless internet and touchscreen controls make the iPod Touch one of the most powerful and versatile handheld devices currently available."