OK so it preparation for buying a 20gb Ipod around Christmas time I have ripped all my CD's into I-Tunes and then I start reading this forum and you've got me thinking. Does it have to be an Ipod - many other recommendations on this site it seems. My question is this - Do all the players have there own software ? do I have to re-rip my CD collection if I go with an alternative make ? Thanks for your help.