greetings y'all! i stumbled across this oh so very helpful forum soon after i ordered my Sony Silver HD5. I'm quite excited. First off, let me just say I do like the iPods out there, but I've taken Apples ad campaign to heart and decided to 'think different.' I do have a couple questions before I dive into the HD5... for you experienced HD5 users, would you recommend upgrading the firmware right out of the box to 1.2? For those of you who haven't seen this website, here is the link again: http://syndetics.net/sony-hacks/index.html Also, on that same website it appears that the author has successfully used the 'MP3 File Manager'. Has anyone used this? I'm expecting to fully load the HD5 with all my songs; once that's done, I don't expect to update every day, or week, for that matter. Also, one more thing....how difficult is it to remove the aluminum cover? I'm thinking of applying gold anodized fade onto it. You know, make it pimpy. Thanks, and i'll post pics of me disassembling it soon... DingBurp.