This forum is about iPods and other Digital Audio Players. You ask why? For 1/1/05 through 10/31/05, total sales volume of all Home Audio Equipment was about $1,549,000,000. Of that, sales of CD players and recorders were a measley $58,231,000. Total sales of Digital Audio Players were $1,784,000,000. One in four households then owned a digital audio player ("DAP"), and 70-80 percent were iPods. That was October. Apple has now reported that at year-end 2005, it had sold 35,000,000 iPods, of which 14,000,000 were in the 4th quarter of 2005. Apple alone is expected to sell something like 2,000,000 per month in 2006. Total sales of turntables were not reported, as they are statistically insignificant, slightly behind home CD players. With its playlists and ability to play losslessly compressed files, the iPod is a micro-sized music server, but this sub-forum isn't limited to iPods. Any DAP is included. There's no such thing as a vintage iPod, but whether vintagephiles like it or not, digital storage of music, one track at a time, appears to be here, and here to stay. AK is all about the music, so the goal of this forum is to understand how we can maximize the quality of digital storage and downloaded music, and learn what gear does it best, and with the highest value, in an effort to integrate the iPod into our music enjoyment.