I have an mp3 player. I'm happy with it because it is a cd mp3 player so that it can travel around with more music than your average flash mp3 player. it's bigger than any of them--the size of a portable cd player--but a cd full of mp3s is over ten hours of music. it sounds pretty nice. it doesn't skip. I paid $150 for it two years ago and though I suppose it has lived a useful life I really don't see why I should consign it to the unused technology bin when it still works well.
of course I wouldn't be buying the ipod. I'd be putting it on credit. that in and of itself is probably not such a hot idea.
on the other other hand if I buy one now it will be obsolete by the time I declare bankruptcy and so maybe no one will take it away from me.