Now, you’re a busy person, so here’s the gist: most of these rivals are cheaper – usually $100 less.
But “better” is another story. The iPod is still smaller, more attractive and more thoughtfully designed than any of the upstarts.
Apple could have been some character from Greek mythology: blessed with ingenious, culture-changing innovation yet cursed with seeing its ideas co-opted by rivals who wind up making all the money. In the iPod’s case, though, none of the companies who lust for some of Apple’s pie can deliver the elegance and convenience of Apple’s music trinity: iPod, the iTunes software and the iTunes music store.”