(yeah, i know, 4 1/2 month old thread)
I really hate how people cal every MP3 player an iPod. It pisses me off, because they don't know what else is on the market.
That's what you call achieving household-word status, just like every facial tissue is a Kleenex, and every portable tape player was a walkman some years back. Like the iPod or hate it, that's quite a coup for the Apple marketing dept.
I personally will be picking up a new MP3 player soon. I hate feeling cornered into an iPod, but as good as competing products are there's more 3rd party support for iPod. Car stereo decks and clock radios that control the player as well as play it's audio. I wish Zune, Zen or Sandisk players offered something similar.