So I finally break down and decide it's time for me to cast aside my ten year old discman and get an iPod, spent $400+ on the 8gig iPod nano, a case, and a seperate charger. I'm excited... until I plug the thing into my comp. Everything freezes and the iPod screen flashes "do not disconnect". At first I thought it would take a while to configure itself or something... but after fifteen minutes no dice. The mouse still worked but nothing would open. Eventually I cast aside the warnings and rip the USB cable out of the socket and poof! Everything starts running again. Plug it in... freeze. Unplug... unfreeze. Now, the comp I'm using right now is crap... not my monster machine I had at school (that thing's currently awaiting an LCD monitor before I can fire it up again). So thinking that it's the comp I try the basement comp (which is even older and has never had a virus or spyware scan and probably has more diseases than a $5 underage Vietnamese prostitute outside Micheal Jackson's malestorland ranch... but I digress). No dice. I phoned up Apple hoping I was just doing something wrong... but nope, it's a dud. Now I have to mail it back to Apple so they can send me a new one. I have to say hardeware wise my first Apple experience has not been an encouraging one.