Can I just say that there’s no point comparing any media player that Microsoft may or may not produce with the iPod. Regardless of what Microsoft is trying to ‘kill’, they will have no problem in killing the product themselves.
They will create a hardware platform that is fantastic, open, and fast; with full wifi connectivity, bluetooth wireless headphones, VOIP capability, huge storage, and a killer input system.
Then they will load it with DRM, Passport(tm) authentication, proprietary codecs, no podcasting or RSS capability, and a crappy user interface, and even attempt to sell it for fifty bucks. It will die a silent, lonely death.
And I am not a troll. I rely on developing .NET applications to feed my family. I do not hate Microsoft. I just know that a leopard cannot change its spots without the intervention of a benevolent geneticist.