Yes, it sucks they're charging, but if you really want something on it just bite the bullet and buy it. That's what I did and I don't regret buying it! You guys need to realize they're a corporation, they want money and if they want to charge money for their stuff, its their decision. I know you guys will probably be like screw steve jobs and apple they have enough money! But just keep in mind, they all have families to feed even the people working in god knows where building these things can't just be at a loss because some very fortunate americans/ other wealthy nations don't want to pay for something that you don't even NEED to pay for. Suck it up, you guys are already fortunate enough to have iPods. Heck, i'm sure those poor people in Africa don't even know what an iPod is, they just worry about whether or not they'll have food. Yes it sucks to pay, but once you do you won't think much about it, especially for how much you'll use it.