It does everything the iPod refuses to do: subscription services, mp3/wma/ogg support, FM Radio (w/recording!), Flash Lite games, video playback, and voice recording.
Ok, lets look at that.
Ipod doesn’t do mp3. Oops Wrong, Ipod does do mp3.
Ipod doesn’t do wma. Hardly suprising, nothing but windows does drm wma, but you can just convert. http://www.macworld.com/2005/03/secrets/mayplaylist/index.php
Ogg Support, fair call. I know 3 people out of hundreds that use mp3, that use ogg, but yup Iriver can, ipod can’t.
Ipod does radio.
Recording? on a portable device? Why, just set it at home, there’s plenty of tivo for radio for linux/osx and yes even windows.
Games on ipod…erm check they do.
Video playback…erm check they do.
Voice recording…erm yup they do…
So enjoy your music player. But realise it comes across as very inadequate to say I bought this because the ipod does/doesn’t do x y z.
Comes across that you really wanted an ipod, but felt the need to justify what you bought instead.
Hell I used to do the same, I had an early creative Zen, 20gb to apples 10gb, and less money.
In the end I gave up and went ipod…shiny.
Also, can the iriver do.
Car integration supported by most major manufactuerers
Support on OSX for a store to download music legally from…
just enjoy it.
Me, I’d like an Archos for those long flights…