I've been meaning to get a new mp3 player for some time to replace my Rio Sport (128mb). It served its purpose but it was not rechargeable and needed badly written software and a specialist cable to communicate. Having used a flash based mp3 for some time you might therefore be a little surprised that I'm thinking of getting an iPod Shuffle. My reasoning though is firstly, cost. The Mini is £180, 20gb is £220. Not completelly out of my price range but would make a big dent in my bank account. I would miss the extra storage but I think the extra features of the Shuffle may tip the balance. I figure that 1gb would be enough for a weeks worth of travelling to and from work (45 mins each way). I think I read that I can plug it into any computer in the world to recharge it and transfer music. Can anyone confirm that? Obviously I will use iTunes on my own PC at home and Mac at work to transfer playlists and the like, but can I drop a few mp3's from a friends computer onto it (who might not have iTunes). Also, can it be used essentially like a usb thumbdrive to transfer non music files between computers?