Save me starting a new thread - I also have a question regarding iPods, iTunes and MP3 twaddle.
I have had a 16GB iPod Nano for many a year and I use it in my car. I don't have much music on it, but I do use iTunes to download Podcasts mainly from BBC so I can pretend I am in the UK when driving along in my car out here.
Any-road-up.... I've lost my Nano. Don't know where, but it's gone walkies. One of the kids probably fed it into a crack in the pavement or used it as Nerf practice ammo.
So I need a new device for my podcasting. As you can imagine, sound quality and HiFi pre-eminence is not a requirement for listening to Football Weekly, The News Quiz etc.
I tried to go and buy a replacement Nano when in the UK over Xmas, but (a) they only do 16GB ones and I was already out of space on the old one before I lost it, and (b) they wanted something stupid like 130 quid for a new one. I was offered an iPod Touch with 64GB, but that was 200+ quid
I wandered into John Lewis looking for an alternative MP3 player, but was met by two Burton Suited spot-festerers who looked at me like I was from Mars and said "Do you mean an Ipod Touch or an iPhone?" and I said "No - I'd like an alternative MP3 player please" and they fainted and then said "We certainly don't stock any, maybe you can look online [grandad]" (The last bit was implied by tone rather than spoken out loud). They then returned to stroking the Apple products while simpering over a photo of Steve Jobs.
Now I like an Apple product as much as the next gullible tart, but I really don't need sleek design for what I want in this instance. I'm a proud owner of an iMac, a MacBook, two AppleTV units, several iPads and an iPhone6 (wife's). I also own an old 80GB Video iPod that stays in the UK, sits in a sound dock and holds my entire music collection - but none of these things is right for knocking around on my arm rest in my car out here with a load of BBC podcasts on it occasionally being cooked to 50 degrees+ when I leave it in the car in the sun. My own phone is a blackberry and I am sticking with it til work buy me a replacement, but even if I had my own iPhone I would always be leaving it in the car when I needed it so I want to separate my own phone from my car podcasts workhorse.
I know I can go online and buy something else (like a Sony) - but then I'm into the whole iTunes ease-of-use dilemma.... I have subscribed to all my desirable podcasts on iTunes and every week it simply and reliably downloads the latest podcasts, sticks them into my library and I just have to remember to plug my (now lost) Nano into the iMac once per week for 5 minutes and it all syncs up and I'm off and running again.
I like iTunes for that. I hate it for many other things (endless updates, limits on connected devices, strange omissions of albums from it's store etc) but I love it for that.
So - I'm left with some options:
1. Buy a new Nano and sod the cost/16GB limit
2. Buy a new Touch or iPhone and sod the cost (a lot!) to get more storage
3. Buy an alternative MP3 player and connect it seamlessly to iTunes like my old Nano (bet that's not possible)
4. Buy an alternative MP3 player and use a similarly natty piece of software as automated and reliable as iTunes that can also load up the back catalogue of podcasts I currently have in iTunes
5. Buy an alternative MP3 player and sod around with some 3rd party piece of software that will drive me mad with frustration every week as I have to copy files around and reformat them to load them onto the MP3 player without overwriting everything else.
It's going to be a choice between 1,2 and 5 isn't it..... The answer I want is 3 or 4