Reading up on both MP3 players I would go for the ipod. With one thing to look for first though, and that is what spec's are needed for a Windows system for it to run on, that is unless you are only going to use it on an Apple computer. One of the benefits of the ipod that I could see was that it came with iTunes 4 Music Store which ships with the iPodas as standard. With both systems you are going to need at least a USB 2.0 on your computer. But as Apples come with firewire any way that would be no problem for the Apple user.