I am looking to buy either a 20gb 4th generation iPod, or the new Sony A3000 20gb. I understand from previous Sony walkmans that the supplied software is rubbish, but also that iPods have a lot of problems.
Whats the general picture? Would be grateful of any ideas.
Forget them both and get a Zen sleek. Superb software and you can transfer a whole CD in 15 seconds. Headphones are excellent as well. Also has an FM radio. I wouldn't even consider a Sony or an Ipod now. click here
The problem with the ipod is that it is not compatable with .wma files (windows media audio). If you use any legal music download service, apart from itunes, you will not be able to play the files on your ipod. Similarly, if you use itunes, your music will not work on any MP3 player apart from an ipod.
Apart from that, I don't think there is much between them. Sony MP3 players boast excellent battery life (around 40 hours) and the ipod has proven to be very easy to use (I have never tried the Sony to comment on usability).
GANDALF <|:-)> after seeing some on the headphones you have recommended on this forum, I'm very surprised you called the set bundled with the Creative player "excellent" as I have found them to be truly awful (if they're the same set thats bundled with the Zen Micro which it looks as though they are).