I am a Apple MP3 player hater and I have to say, their deals are preatty dam good with the nano's. The iPod Touch is where they lose their good price-to-space ratio.
I also look at iTunes as a evil program. Always watching if you get music from god knows where.(Sarcasm)
I always wanted a good old fashioned drag and drop PMP (For those who don't even know what a iPod is, its in the category of Personal Media Players).
There are many other things out there that people don't know about. I for one am going to get a Cowon O2 when it comes out. It has no syncing program to weigh it down either. It comes with a SDHC slot so I can later add SDHC cards of up to 32GB!($100 bucks for one, 16GB SDHC is $40). That leaves an amazing amount of room. You can store all music on the built in memory avable in 8/16/32GB and have video's on a separate SDHC card.
For those who look at the iPod's space, you can't fit a whole series of anime on it plus your music unless you have a 32GB Touch which is ($400 bucks!)
Sorry for the rant, I just don't like it when people don't know there are other PMP's other than iPod's. There's also the Cowon S9 which looks to be a iTouch killer.
If your interested in the O2, here's 2 links:
Another good brand is Archos, as well as Creative Labs.