Let me first start off by saying I had never owned any MP3 players to date and when this came out, a co-worker had one on his desk one day and I knew I had to have one just because of the kewl factor. :b Well, after placing my order and waiting the full 3 weeks as promised by the Applestore ordering procedure, mine arrived a few days ago. I hooked it into my Win based PC and charged up the batteries. I was down with the flu for a few days so I never got around to uploading any songs to it. Tonite I finally had a chance to use it for a spell and I am blown away. The sound quality is awesome, as good, or, if possible, better than my portable cd player (maybe its just the new factor!) but it really sounds good. The earbuds are very small and I was expecting crappy sound but wow, was I wrong, full, rich sound, and LOUD too! In fact, I have had to turn it down several times already. So far, I am very IMPRESSED! Well done Apple. Lets hear from others that have one...BTW-I got the 512mg version for $99, I could not see the extra $ for the size difference, YMMV. Please post if you have an iPod Shuffle...thanks.