Just a few first impressions. Picked one up from Richersounds for £249, little over the odds but stock seems a bit thin at the moment if you can wait a few weeks then unbeatable have them for £226. The unit itself is stunning, very compact, high quality finish easy to read display with cool blue backlight. The usb adaptor itsn't to big and has a charging light. it took about 2.45 hours to charge the battery. First impressions of sonicstage are ok, it is not particularly intuitive but easy enough to work out in a few minutes mainly working out the different phrases compared with media player. Copying files from CD takes a little longer than expected but tranfering onto the player is very quick. In terms of audio quality atrac 132 seemed fine havn't had a chance to vary the eqauliser yet but as good as 164 wma on my previous player a creative muvo2. I can't really make any comparisons with an ipod as have never had one but it all looks good so far.