Originally Posted by SNEAKY
work and travel
Ok, think about it in these terms.
How much music to you want to store on it.
If you have tons of music and you want to carry ALL OF IT with you, then the 30 to 60GB iPod might be the best option. I used to say that the Dell DJ was a good alternative, but Dell has stopped selling their larger models for now. They won't have a replacement until this spring. Historically, the Dells have had the same amount of storage, but for a lower price.
If you are storing fewer songs, then your options get alot better. There are several flash players that stand up well against the iPod shuffle. Sony makes a really nice one IMO. If you want 2GB or more storage, then the iPod Nano becomes a great option.
Do you think your travel might be rough on the unit itself.
The iPod Nano is based on flash memory. You'll want to keep it in a case to keep it from getting scratched, but if you drop it, it will keep working.
Do you want to watch video.
There are several media players that do video and music, but the iPod+video kicks ass. The screen is small IMO, but is otherwise outstanding. Also, you can buy an adapter and watch those videos on TV.
How much to price matter?
iPods are expensive, but you get good quality for what you buy.
Hope that helps.