Hey Guys, I've just switched over to Mac after being a poor, PC-using college student. I've gotten a MBP and an iPod within the last couple weeks...but I haven't even opened my iPod because of some decisions that must be made. My main problem is this - since I've been a PC user all of my music/videos are on my PC. I've read that if I link my iPod to my PC, I can still access the file structure (to place music/videos/etc.) + use it as an external drive on a mac, but not vise versa. To tell you the truth I'm not entirely sure what I can "do" with an iPod other than use it as (obviously) a portable music player and external drive. I don't want to cripple my usage of it by tying it to my PC. So, my options seem to be either 1) use my PC, or 2) re-rip all of my music on to my mac. That brings me to my 2nd issue: what are suggestions for file format/ bitrate when it comes to ripping? It seems to be a personal preference, but I've read that ripping past a certain bitrate doesn't even make a whole lot of difference other than a larger file. Also - AAC vs mp3 : does it matter? Thanks guys, I'm really indecisive about this, and any help you could offer would be great. EDIT: I forgot to throw this in -- I'd like to avoid filling up my MBP drive. I do design work, so this thing could get filled up pretty quickly. I don't know if it's still possible to use the iPod with an external or what...but I thought that would complicate things.