Bought an i-pod mini 6gb today. After using a sandisk player for the last few months, i must say WHAT a difference i-tunes makes. Superb bit of software that makes using my i-pod a doddle. In the manual though it said to charge the battery for just 1 hour befor use. I am in to my photography and have had quite a lot of experience with rechargable batteries. They really do need an extra long charge to start off with or their life span is seriously shortened. So i left my i-pod charging and 6 hours later it is still charging. My advice to any one buying an i-pod mini is to leave the thing plugged in for a good 6+ hours to start with. Hopefully it should last a bit longer between charges.