I am now the proud owner of an iPod, and I have to say, I can see what all the fuss is about. I remember when Sony first came out with the Walkman--somewhere, I even have a somewhat early version. To be able to take music with you as you traveled was great. You could buy tapes, or make compilations of your own. Last year when I went with the Beth Sholom 7th graders to LA, all the kids had a small CD player--their Walkman. Same concept, for sure, with more music available because CDs are more compact that tapes.
The iPod is similar to those technologies, definately the next step. But the difference about the iPod is that it changes how you can listen and what you listen to. To quote Kenny Altman, "this might sound corny and cliched, but this has completely revolutionized the way I listen to music." He's so right. It's not just that you travel with your music, but you have access to so much of it in any order at any time. (Okay, now I'm beginning to sound like that Qwest commercial--and aren't they one of the companies that was all smoke and mirrors??)
I've been transferring music. I have almost 1,000 songs input, over 50 hours of music, less than a third of this iPod's capacity. It's somewhat mind boggling to me. In years past, if you were going to take music along in your travels, you had to decide before hand what you would want to listen to. Now you can just figure it out as you go along.
I know at some point this will all be old hat to me, but for now, I'm still in awe........