Why people love the ipod...the beauty is in the interface
We have several ipods in the family...none of them mine. I also have a RCA Lyra mp3 player I use for exercise.
I primarily use mine strictly for running etc, but occasionally I use it to listen to podcasts when I at the kids lessons etc. And it was thru this use I figured out just how well Apple did it when they constructed the ipod interface.
The lyra has a clunky 4 button finger-joystick arrangement I hate. It is nearly inpossible to move easily between folders and you can forget easily picking up where you left off before.
The simple clickwheel on my wife's mini is phenomenal. Ease of navigation is another awesome feature...at least the lyra was cheap.