I do not fit the today stereotypical Apple consumer (not young & hip anymore). However my first computer (~ 10 yrs old) was the Apple II +. Today I work in the IT field and use Windows 24/7. I am technological savvy, up to date with most current technology. Having said that, I just first got my first real HD based MP3 player, a black 60 gig Ipod Video few weeks ago. Before, I own a 64 mb Nike psa mp3 player which was a real nightmare to use (no thanks to Win XP). Yes, I been wanting an Ipod ever since they released the first generation years back. However back then, I found it to be overpriced considering the features (monochrome screen, no photo ...etc) + sound quality to be not worth the price. Not until the explosion of pod casting on itunes and video podcasting that I justified the purchase of the new Ipod Video. Now I have all my pod casting(endurance radio rules!), video podcasts, my digital photos, my homemade videos, all my music in the palm of my hand (yes, in that priority). The integration of Itunes and pod casting is simply a blissful experience, one click and it updates all my podcasts subscrption. The sound quality is also much better than the 3rd gen iPod that I ultimately returned to Circuit City. For anybody out there still deciding on an mp3 player, get the video ipod. It is very sleek, beautiful screen with awesome user interface and not to mention the high resell value. The ipod also has the most after market accessories out there vs other mp3 players. However, I do wish that the ipod allows us to input "To Do List", Contact List and the calendar feature on the go. I know I can get a PDA, but I really do not need to have the bulk of a cell phone, PDA and ipod on my khaki. Also having to scrol through all the artists name just to get to "White Zombie" is annoying. Why dont they allowed users to "search" for artist name or track name. And now to the Laptop ... My current Dell Inspiron laptop is a true nightmare. There are so many hardware and Win XP OS problems that frustrates me every single day I use that machine. So, I decided to seek out the Powerbook and iBook. My computing needs: I like to do video editing and maybe even documentaries and shorts in the future. I also like to do other normal daily computing chores (internet, calendering, email ...etc). I can also see myself doing more creative tasks like making DVD menus, animations, audio ...etc. Basically all the creative stuffs that go along with movie making (Final Cut express or maybe even Final Cut Studio). I managed to get the last gen 15" powerbook loaner to play with for 3 days. Below are my observations; a) The 15" is a little too big to be a true portable for me. b) The laptop sure runs way hot while iMovie HD was randering my video. c) Believe it or not, Windows Movie Maker is more user friendly and intuitive vs. iMovie HD. d) The one button mouse is creating a lot of frustration (requires more mouse dragging), It is much easier to just right click. e) There are a few times when the drive failed to read a dirty cd, and the only way I can get it to stop is to restart the laptop. Its so much easier with an eject button or ctrl-alt-delete and being able to stop the process. f) OS X is rock solid vs Win XP. Maybe my experience is better with the guidance of a MAC user or an beginner OS X book. I also managed to fiddle around with a 12" iBook breifly. Immediately I prefer the powebook alloy casing better than the precarious white plastic they use for the iBook. Also the non-wide screen iBook LCD screen is a big turn off. With HD camcorder begining to spread, I suspect that the powerbook and ibook will be so underpowered when it comes to HD video editing. I know I can get the G5 dual Core but I do really want a portable laptop. I am dissapointed with Apple laptop hardware offering/option. I also thought that Mac OS X is more user friendly and intuitive. What do you guys think I should do ?? Preferably, I need to replace my Dell Inspiron ASAP. I really do not want to stick with Windows but I was kind of dismay with my above experience. Thanks for listening, I welcome any constructive comments & ideas.