I have a 2nd generation Ipod nano. It is 8 years old and still runs fine. I even leave it in my car during freezing / hot temps and it is fine. Of course I don't drop it or anything but it really lasts. I remember my mom buying us kids one for Christmas when they first came out.
I have an iPhone that I use as an iPod, plus I have one of the much older ones that I use at the gym or sometimes when I travel. I don't remember how much it cost me, but I know that they are available pretty inexpensively now.
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I have two iPod Touch for storing my iTunes music library. When I changed computers recently I even found out that I could transfer my entire playlist library, including the 3/4 of the songs on there that I loaded from CDs. I was able to to get rid of my entire CD collection, and it's on two iPods now. I have found that uploading CDs is easy, but I did find out that buying songs from Amazon no longer works right (probably something I'm doing wrong, and I didn't know that you could load to iTunes from CDs until a friend told me how to do it).
For iTunes, I have authorized both laptops, and always download to the main computer I use. Because I enabled home sharing, then the backup (older) laptop updates the Playlist/Library when I have it on also, with iTunes open on both. Then I plug in the first iPod, and sync it, and then the second, but I do both on the same computer. Then everything is up to date, and I have backups for everything. By the way, the instructions for transferring the entire Playlist/Library to another computer were located by Googling that subject, and following the directions. It actually put the playlist on my new computer before I downloaded iTunes on the new computer. Transferring from one computer to another one is a piece of cake, just buy a transfer cable, and it takes about 15 minutes or less, so no need to pay someone to do it, and then programs or drivers for things like games or printers have to be loaded to the new computer-if I can do it, than anyone can do it.
It's so nice to have all of my CDs with only the songs I like on the two iPods, and no more huge rack of CDs. It's also very easy to download from the iTunes store too, but as I said before, I don't download MP3 songs from Amazon to my iTunes, because I don't seem to be doing it correctly, though I'm sure others that are better at computers than I am wouldn't have a problem.