Ok, well my birthday is coming up and I'm debating what to do. I can either get the SlimX 550 cd/mp3 player and some other stuff, or just get more stuff instead of the player and wait and get a 20 gig iPod for christmas. I currently can only listen to stuff on the computer. The iPod can hold a crap load of songs, but only has an 8 hour battery life and can't play cds. The SlimX 550 has a 55 hour battery life, 32 minute skip protection, radio (don't need) but a cd can only hold so much stuff... Though, I wouldn't use the original cds (would just use an mp3 cd) since they are expensive as hell ($25-$30 a piece). What do you peoples think would be better? I'm sooo indecisive and can't make up my mind for crap..