Here's my take. I have an iPod Touch and I'm probably in the minority in that I never listened to music on it. I used it to surf the web on my home network when I didn't want to get on the desktop or on the wireless network at school. I was astute enough to buy it at Costco and I was never happy with the battery life, so I exchanged it within the 90 day period. Now I bring it back for good and put the $420 towards the MacBook. I decided to buy the cheapest MacBook with my Educator Advantage to use instead of the Touch. I have a shuffle for the gym and this has worked out fine. Just an $85 4GB memory upgrade and I'm good to go. I want my desktop to be the power machine. The laptop is a toy for me and I'm very happy with it.