Originally Posted by GAC
So my next question is - what is an iPod? It's made by Apple right?... and is just a portable device that you hook up to your computer via a USB and dowload the music onto for listening purposes only?
Your description is correct. USB2 is a better choice for transferring the music files because they take quite a while to move over slow USB connections.
My son and I each have the now-discontinued iPod Mini. He loves it. I haven't used mine as much as I thought I would.
I bought mine refurbished, rather than new. The iPod Shuffle is available refurbished starting at $79. Here's a page of refurbished iPod deals from earlier this month.