I've had my first-gen iPod for what seems like forever... February of the year after they came out (November is when they were announced I think?). In that time, it has become as essential a part of my life as... well, more essential than almost anything, really. I love the thing. I've grown from a lover of music to an aficionado to a downright fanatic... and my AAC collection has grown because of it. 5 GB seemed like SO much... but now I've got almost 10! In AAC! Is it time to consider the next step? 1. Right now, my 5GB iPod stores only my "Top Rated" playlist, which fits completely (but just barely). However, because I can't rate songs on-the-go, a lot of things don't end up on the Top Rated list (because I forget to add them) or should be taken off (again, because I forget to change the ratings--walking around with my iPod is rather different than sitting in front of iTunes and remembering what I wanted to change!). The new iPod's rating thing would help a LOT here. 2. Add to that the On-The-Go playlists... which would be HEAVEN... and it sounds like a new iPod would be a great thing for me. I switch songs frequently (FF, RW, FF, RW, over and over and over--yeah, I have a much shorter attention span than I ever realized...), and having the ability to CHOOSE the exact songs I wanted beforehand would help a lot... 3. More space would be good; I could store all my music and a bit extra... 4. A WORKING REMOTE. This is a biggie. The iPod remote (for the early models) is useless; keeps coming out all the time! In addition, the new models wouldn't have spinning wheels, so the volume wouldn't change drastically as I walked (unless you use Hold, but that sucks too)... the touchpad on the new iPods doesn't move by itself, yay. 5. and finally... a really good backlight. I would love it (I hate the old iPod backlight!) ------- But now the "bads". 1. The battery life is really crappy on the new ones! I don't want to be charging the damn thing every time I'm not using it... and I do sometimes use it for 6-7 hours a day, off and on. Also, it gets cold here, and my G1 iPod battery ran down fast ENOUGH last winter.. the new one could be positively disastrous. However, maybe if I could keep it in my INSIDE pocket, using the remote, it might stay warmer? This is an option I don't currently have... Hmmm. 2. I'm really not sure about the touchpad. I really do prefer the wheel, as it's more natural to me (rubbing a flat surface is just... odd...). I've used the G3 iPod a lot but I just can't get that used to it. The buttons seem too sensitive... Maybe with time? 3. I like the look of the old one much better. The new one's more normal, not as sleek or sophisticated in my opinion. The old iPod is a design icon, while the new one almost looks like some other company's ripoff of it... 4. Not having a standard FireWire cable is rather annoying, especially if I want to use it on multiple computers in multiple places... I have to take the whole cradle/cable assembly with me, instead of just using an available FireWire cord at both locations... 5. Do I really need another iPod? Mine works fine, and does most of what I need it to... although the wheel moving in my pocket is quite annoying, mine is scratched up and the case makes the screen look really crappy, and the wheel's dirty (the new ones don't scratch as much, and can't get dust in a wheel), and it's kind of big--too thick to comfortably fit in some of my pockets, but I've gotten used to it anyway... I'd be getting the now-discontinued 15 GB model with dock, remote and case. It's the only one that makes sense. So 5 reasons for, 5 reasons against. What do you think? Someone please help me decide, before my 5 GB becomes too old to resell?