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The first and the last imusic device I owned was the iPod Mini, don't even remember how long ago. Had a small black & white thing, bad quality earbuds, but it had 4 Gb storage and could be used as an external harddrive. It also came fee (I won it! first and probably last time I won something - had to send in some code on Coca Cola bottles, knowing the winning times helped )
Anyway, I would have been happy with it, but the first time I connected it I had to install iTunes. Which was fine by me BUT. Granted, I was careless, clicked yes YEEESS without really looking - and ended up with all my neatly organized music fsckd up. Then I realized that although I can use it as an external harddrive, I can't copy music to it normally. Sold it when the SonyEriccsson W800i came out - it had only 512Mb storage (extendable) but better quality earbuds with remote control... overall, it worked better for me. Ever since then, I used my phone to listen to music.
Now I'm shopping for an MP3 player again. I had tons of classes with listening activities. A single level from a single book has 3 CDs - I want to keep them separate from my music collection. I was eyeing the iDevices, they have a very competitive pricing (devices from Sony with about the same storage are basically the same price). My question is this: will iTunes screw up my music collection if I go for the iPod touch? I know it still needs iTunes, but has iTunes improved recently. I guess you still can't just copy files over, but I'm fine with that as long as iTunes doesn't mess with the way I organized my collection on my PC.
I believe the default choice on windows is to now leave your music as it is.