for what ever its worth... i have 2 ipods both 3rd generation, a 10 gig and 20 gig. I wanted to see how long it would play continusoly so i made a playlist with the KJV Bible audio. one read from psalm1 - jerimiah 48 and the other from psalms 1 to jerimiah 49, a total of 11.2 hours each. the volume was at 50% and the settings (equ, etc...) were all off. just thought i'd share that since most others share how crummy there battery is. anyone else getting this kind of battery life?