I agree with Sander. One of the people I work with wanted one, so I ordered him one (Gen3 10GB) on my AppleStore account. (It took 5 days to get to the middle of nowhere, from Singapore no less. People I work with were stunned at the fast shipping; it's unheard of).
He loved it, but had a major financial hit about a week later, and decided it had to go, so I bought it from him.
Absolutely amazing device, and no-one who sees it isn't impressed, if not blown away. Get one in your hands for a week and you won't regret it.
I just bought a new 20gb iPOD 2 days ago.
...and yes, everyone does seem mesmerized when they hold it. It's definitely beautiful to look at and touch. I spent alot of time thinking about this buy and I'm not sorry.(I was expecting to pay more for a 15 gb, so it was great when the dealer said there were newer, bigger, CHEAPER models....YES PLEASE!)
I can't believe how well designed this is. If you have any need for a portable firewire drive I think the cost is much easier to justify.
now here's a question, I am seriously looking to buy an ipod as a 'data mover/music player' but it seems the new ones have a proprietary firewire connection... I'd like it if it had the standard connector.
What is the biggest ipod (HD) with that standard firewire connector?
My final argument why iPods are so great besides the points already mentioned: Health.
I don't know about other iPod users but ever since I got my 5GB (I now have the 15GB), I lost more than 20 lbs. I am just more active thanks to my iPod. I walk to places all the time now. It's awesome. Just go get one. I paid $690 including taxes for my first 5 GB iPod and I think even that is worth it. So now you get four times more capacity for less money. That's a steal.
I got my 40gig last week and haven't stopped using it, I think its the best piece of hardware I have bought in ages. I especially like the way you can Sync it with iCal and the adress book. I haven't any use for a full blown PDA but these 2 functions are great.
I also got PodQuest which automatically puts mapquest directions on your iPod. Overall I have no regrets about buying this thing.