I have been an Apple fanboy since like first grade, and I'm 23 now, so don't even try the fanboy stuff against me. I love Apple just as much as you, and I've probably defended their choices more than you know. I've converted dozens upon dozens of people, including two small businesses, and I've never been one to complain much. The only complaint I ever had before was when my old iBook logic board croaked, but that was eons ago and I didn't say too much about it. Anyhow, I just don't see how anyone can defend some of Apple's choices on the iPod touch, especially the removal of SOFTWARE FEATURES. It's not the removal of hardware features--that has a few good reasons for it, between price margins and size and feasibility. For instance, I'm not lamenting the lack of Bluetooth or A2DP because I have tried two different headsets with several PMPs, a desktop, and a Treo, and not a single implementation was convenient nor was it reliable--A2DP just seems half-baked to me, so I'm not sweating it. I'll use real headphones. I'm not talking about hardware differences. It's not that Apple DIDN'T make the software that I'm looking for--I don't expect amazing miracles like Final Cut on iPod or something. I'm not upset that there's no lyrics implementation or games on the iPod touch... because those would be new programming and new interfaces and new game development that would need to be worked on--the iPod touch is a different beast from the iPod classic, obviously! However, it's not different from the iPhone. Which brings me to my real point, how the iPod touch has specifically and intentionally had software features--which would not have cost Apple any MORE money to implement into the iPod touch--and that I think it's a position for which there is no defense that doesn't involve posturing itself to force customers to make choices they DON'T want in order to artificially boost profits. All I can think of comparing it to is Microsoft, because it is a software issue, and how they specifically removed certain key features of the operating system in Vista (though it's happened in the past as well) in order to force people who wanted xyz basic features or abc audio quality to buy the ultimate version that was overkill for their needs. Now, yes, the flaw with my analogy is that they can't make a billion variants of Vista for every set of 'needs,' but that doesn't apply to this situation anyway. At the same price point, but one choice (iPhone) has a mobile phone and mobile internet, and the other choice (iPod touch) does not have anything but WiFi but has more storage, sales would not cannabalize each other--but rather, better satisfy customers that would have each individual need (need AT&T phone service, or don't; need 16gb, or don't). Instead, for those of us to whom simple email and calendar were actually REALLY IMPORTANT, we're stuck. To those of us who can't get AT&T, don't want AT&T, had a bad experience with AT&T, live in another country that doesn't have AT&T, don't want to void our warranties by hacking the iPhone, or can't agree to a contract (and don't want their awful prepaid pricing), we have no option. Like it or lump it, because the iPod touch is what you get. No calendar or email? None of the widgets that were on the nearly identical iPhone? Too bad, says Apple. You should get an iPhone, says fanboys. It's just an iPod and those features are unnecessary, says the purists. Well you know what, I'm tired of people making excuses for Apple. Am I the only one who feels that this was totally messed up of Apple? Meanwhile we're expected to wish and hope or potentially void our warranties hacking it because Apple chose to short us on software that already existed because they wanted more money (it's obvious that with the carrier $$$ the iPhone has GOT to be more profitable)? Stop defending this! Tell Apple this IS NOT okay! And I hate that all of this got drowned in the midst of the negative blacks issue... genuinely important, but not exactly the same page. Now everyone's up in arms about that, and it's slowly but surely getting resolved, but where does that leave the issues with the iPod touch that weren't defects, but intentional?