I have a first or second gen 15G, first ones that were released in australia, black and white with four buttons that were not on the scroll wheel. I replaced the battery after about a year, did it myself. Still works now, good considering it is a good 4+ years old.
I gave that one away to a relative, now i used a 40G Iriver. Fantastic thing that, even if it wei9ghs a ton and looks like a brick. I record live gigs straight to 320mbps mp3 (i would have preferred .wav, but beggars cant be choosers) from the mixer, and with firmware upgrades it has now become video compatible.
I cant say enough good things about iriver, their firmware upgrades and the options available are fantastic, as well as being able to replace their batteries with other companies.
Apple ipods can be summed up in one design factor: factored obsolescence. Meant to malfunction after the warranty period. Easy way to make revenue as well as promoting rising technology.
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