I'm usually on top of the average technology, but this always tripped me up. I really don't get what the big deal is about the iPods. I had one for a few years and it just basically disappeared, can't find it. I don't want to buy another one at $200-250, because I'm seeing MP3 players for as low as $20 and they'll basically do what I need them for. But I just wants to check with ya'll Basically all I need is a device that I can use while I'm at the gym or going for a jog. That's it. I want to be able to create playlists though. A few years ago first I bought an mp3 player but they didn't have playlists back then (or those were the ones I saw), so I returned it and got an iPod. But now it seems like they have them. I don't like iPods because they can be connected to only one computer, so they're not acting as a flashdrive or external hard drive that you could use to store files and transport them. So in that sense they're completely useless. The cheapest one is still $199, so I just don't understand the value. I did see iPods for $50 (I forget the name, they're very tiny) but the problem is that they don't have playlists either. They will play the songs but you can't decide in what order. So that wouldn't work. So someone please tell me if I'm missing something important here.