OK, I'll try to address all things that were geared towards me.
In no way was I saying that the iPod battery is user replaceable, my point was, is that from that phone call, it was WAY to easy for him to just call up, as a non-iPod user, give them a name, and say his problem, get thier response, and hang up. His tone of voice isn't sounding real either, that in the sence that his iPod battery is indeed dead. Also, I wasn't wrong, because the $99 repair program has been going on for quite some time, and I knew about it prior to this. Also, as far as it being the label on the drive, no, it isn't. If it were, I would go and buy the PX-116, which is a re-badged Pioneer, instead, I keep my LITE-ON LTD-163D, because I think it is a very good drive. I also heard that either the 40x or 48x Plextor CD-RW drive (can't remember which) was utter crap, so, I decided to get an LTR-48125W instead. And, as we all know, the Premium nor the PX-708A is utter crap. And no, it does not bring my seal of approval, and I will address why below.
By no means was I arguing that the iPod was cheaper. Also, as you can see, the iPod is still smaller, even when comparing the 40GB which is larger than the 10GB and 20GB. And I would say that that is a big enough difference for most people, it certaintly is for me. Battery life. The 3G iPod's have the dock connector on the bottom, which can be hooked up to a add-on battery pack, that uses AA batteries, which as we all know, are quite small. Just put the iPod, the battery pack, and some AA batteries in your pocket, and your covered for a very long time. Also, from real world expirience, I'd say the internal battery lasts roughly 9 hours, 8 hours is too low, and that is from first hand expirience. The Battery Pack with 4 AA batteries lasts about 15 hours, and I do indeed have that, as it helps when you are going to South Africa, which not even your beloved Zen could handle.
could it be the sound output quality?
well lets see, whats creative labs known for? you guessed it, they founded there company on sound cards
OK, now I can't stress this enough. Creative makes the best SOUND CARDS. Everything else I have seen from this is utter crap. I have used thier MP3 Players, and have hated them. Creative is known for Sound Cards, not MP3 Players, just because they are both audio products, it most certaintly does not mean that all thier audio products are good. I have tried both, with the same headphones, and I can say that the iPod sound quality is better when being used in person.