I tried to post this in the Ipod Gear forum but for some reason I don't have access privileges to post new threads there?? I have been using my 3rd Gen iPod in a Dock plugged to a set of Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II since the day I got it. The other day I got the 5th Gen iPod and not being sure if it were 100% safe to plug the USB 2.0 into the original Dock decided to plug it into my Powerbook USB port and play it through iTunes. So I have my Soundtsicks plugged into my Powerbook and notice the sound is so much better. It's more clear, crisp. I mean it's noticeably better sound. Do you think it's because of iTunes/iPod combination or is the new iPod better than the 3rd Gen so far as sound reproduction is concerned?