I’ve had the four-gigabyte version of the iPod mini for about seven months now, and I have to say that it’s really brought music back into my life in a big way. While in grad school I did not listen to much music because I couldn’t afford the necessary time or money. I don’t have any more time now, but I am able to listen more often because I take about 700 songs with me wherever I go. In high school and college, my friends and I used to buy new music constantly, taping it and sharing it with each other. I do the same thing now, except that digital media have replaced magnetic. I don’t really think the music industry has much to worry about from me.
Having a Powerbook running iTunes means not only that the Apple aesthetic governs the appearance of both devices, but also that the integration with the iPod mini is pretty seemless (though that’s not really the case with other devices). I’m a little anxious about what my happen when the battery dies, but mostly I’m quite happy. When my iPod mini began acting funny a few weeks ago, I took it to the local Apple store and they replaced it, free of charge. Now that’s customer service.