I decided to buy the new iPod when it came out despite the fact that the new design was very much UGLY! I assumed that I must be wrong and that APPLE new what they were doing and that true usage would tell the real tale!~ WELL HELL , here is my tale! I dont like them. Here is why. New buttons, lord they are just horrible. The slightest touch sends it into a chaotic dance of confusion. They are TOO close together. If you reach into your pocket to FF as I used to in the older version. I knew immediately where the FF arrow was. Now its next to pause where the slightest breeze sets it off! Of course there are those that will say , use the remote! sure , whatever.... Is the screen dimmer, looks dimmer to me! When a song title scrolls it dims out strangely?? I have to use the HOLD button now or else! Never had to give hold the least of thought. It was never needed. Now HOLD is very important if i actually want to enjoy a song without fixating on the POD controls. Is this thing even more scratchable? After mere hours of owning it, the screen is whacked! From what, I have NO idea. My pockets are clean and I was treating it better than my own life! All in all, i find the total experience far below the first iPods. Of course, I liked the size which is smaller. BUT not with less battery power! The extra 3 hours or more that I had on my first suddenly looks crucial, to enjoying this unit to its fullest. I am hoping that after I sell this unit. Apple will come to their senses and fix all these problems! What do you other Pod owners think?