I'm wondering: Why do people worry about scratches? I understand if they want to get a case for their iPod because they are prone to dropping the device, and like the extra protection. But, to prevent scratches? To me, having the aesthetics of a paper thin iPod and Apple's design far outweigh the added ugly factor of putting on protectors, shields, armor. I find cases and screen protectors to be far uglier than a few (or even many!) scratches. In many cases, the devices from my friends have been far more scratched by the cases themselves. All you need is one speck of silicate getting caught in the not-so-airtight fitting, then you're going to have it rolling and rubbing around between the polished aluminum and the case's plastic/metal/rubber for years, making the scratches far worse. I just keep mine in a cloth I found in some discarded luggage at an airport. I've had my 1st gen for years without issue. It has a few scratches, but it doesn't really detract from the design as a whole. This is not meant as a rant. I'm genuinely interested to hear the opinions of people who have purchased screen protectors and cases for scratch protection. For those who purchase them for drop protection, move along! I get where you're coming from, there.