I've been wanting to get an iPod for some time, however, I'm floating between the 1 gig shuffle and the 4 gig mini. My dad has a 4 gig Mini that I use when he's not, and I love it. However, it's probably just me, but I have issues with the click wheel. It's a nice idea but overly sensitive--it either overshoots whatever I'm trying to select, or stubbornly doesn't move at all even though I'm dragging my finger like mad over the wheel. It may just be me, though. I'm also worried about the harddrive: I keep hearing that they're sensitive and can break with one little accidental drop. Also, my computer only has USB 1.1 and a 4-pin Firewire port, so buying a Mini will also require me to buy an adapter and Firewire cable, which will shoot up the price of one by more than I'd like. The shuffle is smaller and cheaper, I hesitate about the lack of screen, but I hear often that it's not as big of a problem as many people initially believe. I also keep hearing stories of Shuffles going through the wash multiple times and being resurrected, which impresses me--what durability! But after getting used to using a Mini (even if it isn't mine), I wonder if "downgrading" to a Shuffle will be noticible for me, especially the lack of screen and being unable to manage multiple playlists at a time, which I like. I'm a college student who's constantly flying back and forth between coasts, as my parents live in VA and I go to school in WA, and my iPod purchase will mainly replace my dying CD player and stacks of CDs that take up far too much room in my backpack during a long flight. I also like to listen to music on the way to/from class, and I've got 983 songs on iTunes right now, though I only listen to 200-300 on a regular basis. Storage for non-music items isn't a problem either, because I have an external hdd and a little 1 gig jump drive in addition to my laptop, so I'm not worried about needing extra gigs for storing extra files. I'm not sure which one to get! I keep leaning towards one and then the other. If I can get some input from others I'd really appreciate it!