OK. I'm a music nut. My usual time to listen to music is during my commute to and from work. Right now, my Palm Zire 71 doubles as an MP3 player, and works pretty well, except that I need an expansion card on which to store music. So I have a 64K card now, and may upgrade to a 128K carde. Problem is, I like a wide variety of music, so I have to switch out the music on the card almost daily. So, while I hate the idea of duplicating functions in my gadgets and devices I'm considering an iPod, now that they are available for the PC.
Or I was considering one. At least until I discovered this. Apparently, the batteries in the iPod only last about 18 months, and are irreplacable. When this film was made, the only option was to return the iPod and have a new battery put in for $255, which is comparable to the price of a new iPod. Then there's this:
As it turns out, it's possible to replace the battery for as little as $49 using third-party kits. Apple itself offers a battery-replacement service for about $106 including mailing, with a 90-day guarantee on materials and workmanship. Apple's program was introduced only in the past two weeks.
So, now I don't quite know what to do. I'm now wary of the iPod. So, I guess I'll start researching MP3 players and try to find one that holds more tunes.