I really havent kept current with ipods and whatnot. I got my first (and only) ipod years ago from one of those those pyramid scheme websites...it is a mini that says 2004 on the back of it and I have been really really happy with it since I got it. The battery died about a year ago and so I bought some 20 dollar Nyko battery pack for it, but now it seems the my mini's days are numbered and the connector on the bottom of it seems to be touch and go... at any rate...this has me looking at a new ipod and I saw the new ipod touch which looks awesome and I cannot believe the capacity on the new normal sized ipod (my mini is like 3gb i think and has been sufficient for a few years) and the nano...so I am trying to decide which one to go with. I have read a bunch of reviews on the ipt and read through some threads here on the forums but still have a few questions about it before I decide if I should go with it or the nano/classic. Like I said I havent kept up with ipods since I got mine....100% of my music is "backed up" from my CD collection....any problems using this music on any of the new ipods, or specifically the ipt as opposed to music bought from itunes? I doubt it but figured I would ask. How limited would you say the functionality of the ipt is if I do not want to "hack" it and dont want to buy any apps for it...only want to download apps that work without hacking it? I looked at a lot of peoples' "springboard" pictures and there are a lot of cool apps I see. Some of the most useful are the weather/stock/news/rss type apps that (i would hope) would update automatically when they were able to connect to wifi. Do any of these come with the ipt? Are some of them iphone apps? Are iphone apps available for use with the ipt right out of the box or do they require "hacking"? Help me understand what is involved in "hacking" the ipt... As I understand it there is something called jailbreak which is either a process or an app that you use to basically unlock hidden potential of your ipt. What exactly does this let you do that you cannot do otherwise? The risk associated with "hacking" your ipt as I understand it is that if apple comes out with a firmware update...which they will...it could potentially "brick" your ipt. What does this mean? Does this mean your ipt becomes totally useless and unrecoverable? Or does it crash your ipod and force you to reset it to its defaults losing all your music and special apps and all the time you spent hacking it? How does the ipt compare with the classic ipod in terms of listening to music? I dont care about the ability to browse through albums based on their covers since I dont have album art for most of my music...could I control my ipt without looking at it? With my mini I can reach into my pocket or bag or whatever and change the volume or the track or enable the hold feature because I can feel them all. How easy/diffiucult is it to accomplish these tasks on the ipt which as I understand it has no buttons? What if I have it in front of me and am looking at it...how much more inconvenient/time consuming to control the ipt than a normal ipod? I am not asking "how" to do it here but if I have a lot of tv shows on my mac in avi(divx/xvid), mpg, wmv etc....is it easy to convert them to whatever format the ipt is compatible with for video playback? Is there some app that I can just run the videos through the convert them? How is compression in this ipt format...can I expect a movie in this format to be the same size as if it was a divx/mpg/wmv file? Thanks for your advice!