Ok, I know a lot of people (like me) cant wait to play with their new toy. That means using it without a case, unless you bought one before the iPod? The back WILL scratch. Unless you protect it. The front however is quite tough. When you unpack your new iPod, DO NOT THROW AWAY the front plastic cover! There is a protective plastic cover on the screen. when you peel it off, carefully trim the edges a little, and cut off the corners. Now place it on the BACK of the iPod. I have this stuck to the back of mine after several weeks of action and not a scratch on the shiny metal. Ill get a proper one, but this will do to protect it till then.