I'm with you there. I recently got an iPod Shuffle as a "freebie" for joining Tesco DVD Rental.
I've always thought Apple stuff was clearly good to use and well designed, but been put off by the prices, the hype and the smugness of (some) Mac users, not to mention the ponciness. However, I was willing to join the club and have a go.
So I plugged it into my laptop and transferred a few MP3s in Windows Explorer then tried to listen to them.
As you will probably all be aware - but I wasn't - you can only listen to music on iPods that has been synched via iTunes.
My entire music collection is on my PC hooked to my 5.1 Tuner and big TV, and I access it through Windows Media Center and Media Player, so I'm damned if I'm going to install iTunes as well and convert it all just to listen to it on the iPod!
Bloody Apple/Microsoft wars = Pathetic.
This has all just confirmed me in my earlier view and kept me away from Apple yet again. I've now gone back to my far less sexy but more functional Creative Zen (with FM radio that the iPod lacks) at a much cheaper price.
Or am I missing something......?