My music collection is just over 65gb so short of a PC there is virtualy no choice of music players to store it. Archos and Cowon offer media players but having owned an archos it's jack of all and not great as a dedicated music player. So bring on the IPOD. I'm a big hater of everything apple and have to say initially this didn't do much to change my opinion.
If you've only ever owned IPOD I can see this will be superb. Great build quality, nice to hold and the user interface looks good, itunes means you can easily by and transfer MP3's (but for the price they pay go and buy the CD album for cheaper and rip it yourself). But if like me you've always used other brands (personally having 4 other music/media players in use around the house I've a fair comparison) you'll realise how overrated this player / IPOD? is.
Menu - slow to repsond and jerky.
Click wheel thing either takes ages to respond or flies round really quickly so you'll never actually land on the option you want.
Sound quality - NOT good for a player at this price. Sounds like my music is encoded at 56kbps yet all my music is a minimum of 192kbps. Worst sound quality I've ever come across, even comparing it against my 5 year old iRiver.
No user definable equaliser and depite there seeming like thousands of presets, none will give a decent sound.
Headphones - apalling.
No ability to play music by Folders/file names. This means you have to have all your music tagged correctly or you get UNKOWN ARTIST, UNKNOWN ALBUM, UNKNOWN GENRE etc etc.
iTunes - possible the worst music programme I've ever encountered and failed miserably at tagging my MP3's. I had to use another readily available programme that worked a treat.
Genius - FANTASTIC. With a collection aproaching 70 gb the genius feature helps reduce the time trying to decide what to listen to. So far it's selections have matched my choice/mood pretty well.
In summary if I'd bought this as a portable player I'd be VERY disappointed. So why give it 4*? These days everything is made for IPOD. I bought it to replace a CD player and avoid the use of PC streaming devices to play MP3's on a decent sound system. Bought an ONKYO dock, plugged it into my ONKYO AV receiver and now I've got a SUPERB aduio system.
The dock bypasses the IPOD sound processor and gives a crystal clear great sounding system. I can control it with my AV remote and it looks great sat in its dock on top of the AMP and I dont have to have hundreds of CD's cluttering my lounge.
For the simple ease of use, space saving and simpe classic looks I can live with the slow menu and once I'd used a decent programme to organise my music I can even live with iTunes. And for decent sound on the move I'll use a player with better sound processors and menu options.
As a portable music player you can get far better, albeit smaller capacity (do you really need to take 120gb everywhere with you?) but as a central hub (via a dock) for your sound system you wont get better.