That article was terrible, however, I still like my iPod.
I had an iRiver. The software that came with it sucked real bad. Windows media player was supposed to interface with it, but that didn’t work very well either (I had codec converting issues, crashes … etc.) The player itself was pretty good, though. It had a built in microphone, it could record from the radio and encode it as mp3, it supported the OGG format … etc. It sucked to use, though. It was difficult to scroll through your music. The “control stick” was flakey. Basically, it was not easy to use.
I now have an, get ready for it, iPod Nano. Does it do less than a lot of other players? Yeah. Is it easier to use than a lot of other players? Yeah. The way it interfaces with iTunes is wonderful, and the way iTunes works is wonderful. I additionally enjoy the music store.
It’s the whole package, not just the player.