Hi, I have a wonderful, small, very easy to use MP3 player (Archos Gmini XS202) which is serving me well, but I have filled its 20GB capacity and continue to rip MP3's and so am considering an iPod. One of the things that I really like about the XS202 is that you don't need any kind of third party software interface (such as iTunes) to use it - you just plug it into a Mac or PC USB, and it is recognized as a hard drive. You then simply drag and drop MP3's 'onto' the XS202. (I also love that it's 120 grams and is 2" x 3" x 1/2"). So, here are my questions concerning the potential purchase of an iPod. 1. If I buy an iPod, will I need to use iTunes or a similar interface in order to transfer my MP3's onto the iPod? 2. Also, will I have to convert the MP3's into AIC format or something? And what about other formats such as Ogg Vorbis; will I simply be able to transfer those files to the iPod and have them play? 3. Somebody told me that it isn't possible to transfer MP3's from the iPod straight to another computer, i.e. the other computer had to already have had a 'listing' of the MP3 through downloading from a purchase source. Is this correct? I don't want to be restricted to having my MP3's on one hard drive and on my player - sometimes I go over to friends' houses, plug my player in, and download/offload my collection for them. 4. Are there any other issues that I should be considering in the purchase of an iPod? I know that they're a lot bigger, heavier and more bulky than my present Gmini, but there isn't anything to rival the size of the XS202, and I do like the iPod's preamp - it sounds pretty good. Thanks in advance for any help, GVDV.