Then why am I still sans-iPod? As great as I agree they are, and while the manufacturing costs probably justify the price, I just can’t see myself laying out the kind of money that they are asking for the hard drive-based units. Changing priorities as I get older, I guess. My personal priorities, those outside of family and work, are health and Ph.d. Most discretionary funds are being reserved for the possibility of #2 abroad.
I’ll probably get our daughter an iPod shuffle for her birthday in April (and hope that she never sees this post), and may eventually get one myself. If they held about twice as many songs at that price point, I’d probably jump at one right now.