I’ve got a new pal here who swears that his iPod is the one consumer item he’s purchased that he’s unreservedly happy about — no guilt, no buyer’s remorse, no anything but happy. This, I find very persuasive.

Matt, I did follow your deliberations, but you’re a Windows guy, right? I’m pretty much all Mac, all the time, so I think the iPod really makes the most sense for me, if I’m buying anything at all.

And Harry Potter aside, I think I’m leaning toward the big one because of its potential to serve as a super-portable FireWire drive in addition to everything else. With 40GB — that is, a month — for music, I can probably give up a GB or two for a pocket-sized backup drive…