For a long time I held off from buying an iPod because of fears it would be too slow when synced with my PowerBook since it only has firewire and USB 1.1. However the temptation to buy my wife a new nano as a present was too strong to avoid. For those that have the same fears I would like to give you some real world figures: (1) A whole album takes about 2 mins to sync over USB 1.1 (2) A gigabite takes 20-30 mins Of course if you have 80 gb on your hard drive that you want to sync with your brand new ipod this is going to take time, but if you are dragging and dropping albums into a syncing playlist - as you do with a Nano - then the time taken is not at all long. And, once the songs are on your ipod they stay there, so it only takes the time to upload them once remember. I hope this helps some people who have held off on buying an ipod thinking that they need to buy a new Mac.