It took me quite a while to get into the whole iPod craze. I did not think I would ever use a mp3 player - I had satellite radio for road trips and the gym provided me with plenty of free music. So, the two things I would probably use the player for were already covered. I received my black 4 GB first generation iPod nano as a Christmas present. I did not use it much at first, but it has turned out to be quite the handy little companion.
Apples innovative design makes it really easy to handle. The click wheel works perfectly, allowing you to navigate your music in a flash. With the help of iTunes, organizing your music library and transferring it to your device is extremely easy. (The downside is having to deal with DRM protected files, but that is a different discussion all together.)4 GB of memory is plenty of space to create a nice collection of playlists, podcasts and audiobooks. Oh, and it also stores - and allows you to view - pictures.
If you do not decide to get some kind of protecting sleeve for your iPod, be prepared to constantly wipe it free of smudges. The sleek plastic does not hold up too well against fingerprints and scratches.
Battery life is so-so, while it charges quickly, the battery life is not nearly as good as I would like it to be. If your battery does die for good, you will have to contact Apple for a replacement - which will be rather pricey.