^ Great story. I leave my iPod on all night and it still plays in the morning too...Basically, iPods are the way to go. They are much sleeker, lighter, and functional than the iRiver who's only clame to fame was stealing Apple's idea, and the Creative Zen, which is a poor excuse for an MP3 Player, although better than the iRiver. The majority of iPods keep the normal battery life, I have a 3rd Gen. 20G iPod and I get about 9 hours of Battery Life out of it, plus faster transfer speeds and a user-friendly interface. The iRiver interface is atrocious, it really is. The scroll wheel on the iPod works very well, and isn't a pain at all to manage, unlike the 'joystick' on the iRiver, and the annoying folder system that is very confusing, as well as the illegible text, similar to RIO's text (if you have ever seen it on their 1st and 2nd line of MP3 Players. The iPod is really the best choice, it by far out performs the iRiver, and if you really have a problem with the 8-9 hour Battery Life, you can select from a variety of chargers or battery packs too. Its virtually indestructible, and sleeker too which is a plus. Much better than having that clunky iRiver/MiniDisc in your pocket. You won't be dissappointed with an iPod.
Kermit...are you with me? God, I'm stoned