Why the iPod sucks ...
Being what's usually referred to as an early adopter, I was one of the first people to buy an 1st generation iPod. And I didn't even have a Mac. So I relied on a software called ephPod to upload and manage songs from my PC. That software still exists but is bug ridden and not as versatile as iTunes, which is what I use now with with my 40G 3rd generation iPod.
I really liked the 1st generation UI with that real wheel and all buttons being mechanical and arranged around that wheel. Now, that was a great idea. With every generation after that, the UI got worse. It's been reduced to oversensitive sensor buttons arranged for bozos with pointy thumbs that are five inches long. Guess which UI element I have to use most often? Right, the hold switch. And now guess which UI element is most difficult to operate? Again, the hold switch! Please! My fingernails aren't made of titanium, all right?
Secondly, iTunes is a pain you now where. I have been using and programming computers for almost 20 years now but iTunes makes me feel real dumb. Why do I have to create a playlist in order to burn a CD? Why can't I burn a CD off the songs on my iPod? Do I really have to mirror the 30G of music on the iPod AND my PC in order to burn a CD? Why can't I drag-n-drop songs out of iTunes onto my hard drive? Oh common, don't tell me this is all because of DRM. I can do it anyways. iTunes is not going to stop me from doing what I want to do with MY music. iTunes is just gonna make the process more cumbersome because I have to revert to using other tools. Stop being paranoid, Apple. Stop making software and hardware for clowns. Start making real tools for real people.
Phew, that feels better. In a couple of days I'll take this post down because it will be embarassing. But 'til then: flame me!