Originally Posted by deltawalkerl
Dustpap, although I agree that the iPod is a high-quality player, saying it is the "best" is simply generalizing. It is the best in some regards, yet it is beaten by others in other regards. This is what's making my choice in a MP3 player difficult. The iPod is great, it offers probably the best integration with a computer host (through iTunes), has the best virtually bug-free firmware, the best design, among other iPod advantages that you probably already know. But it definitely does not have the best sound quality (that goes to the NOMAD Jukebox 3), it doesn't have the longest battery life (the ZEN Touch is the new champion), it's lacking many standard iRiver features that I used to use constantly (FM Tuner and voice recorder), and it doesn't offer anything like the codec-compatibility of any iRiver player or the Rio Karma. In fact, the iPod lacks many features that a hardcore audiophile might need, such as playback of the OGG Vorbis and FLAC codecs (which are often times preferred over MP3, and FLAC is lossless), a real parametric EQ, and gapless playback/crossfading. When you said that iPod is the best, it just means that those aspects where the iPod is inferior do not matter to you, or that you are ignoring those aspects.
While all that is completely true, I believe I already mentioned why iPod was the best.
Though others may support different formats or far superior audio quality to that of the iPod, OVERALL iPod is the best HD-based mp3 player on the market. Every other one you mentioned has questionable build quality and/or very, very shoddy technical support.
I always try to keep an open-minded opinion, and I have seen firsthandedly the advantages of other mp3 players in direct comparison to that of the iPod.
However, overalll iPod still remains the best mp3 player currently available to the general public.
Like I mentioned previously, it won't matter if your hard drive holds 60 GB, your player costs $100 less, and it supports every known format to man.....if your player quits working after several months of solid use......that should be a warning sign to any consumer NOT to purchase it.
I still firmly believe the iPod is the BEST mp3 player on the market.....especially for your average Joe.
For anyone else out there looking for something more, go ahead and purchase an iRiver, Rio, or Creative. Just don't freak out when it stops functioning as advertised and the company gives you the run-around in your attempts to get it serviced.