The iPod Classic is a better value per GB, at $3 per GB. Versus $15.60 per GB for a 32GB iPod Touch (and it only gets worse for the lower capacities). All those extra GB may seem like a waste. But you can use it as an external drive for back up or transfering files. Not on the Touch, though. There aren't that many current hard drive players left in the market and usually those start at 30 GB (Archos, Microsoft Zune, Cowan, in addition to iPod).
While I do not own an iPod Classic, I do own a 5.5 gen 30GB video iPod and an 8GB iPod Touch. I use the 30GB for mostly music and the Touch for mostly video and some favorite music playlists and podcasts. I find that the Touch is very easy to operate while driving. I barely look at it and I can get to where I want to in 3 quick touches. Because of the easier interface, I tend to use it more. I don't use it at the gym or on my walks, however. I prefer something smaller. I use a 4GB 2nd gen Nano. Sometimes I use a Shuffle or one of my non-iPods. I find that these don't attract as much attention and will be easier for me to give these up if I get robbed.
I don't really use the browser that much. It's good if I need to view something in a quick pinch but if I have my computer or laptop available, I'd rather browse on one of these.
I'm mainly an iPod user, so I can't really compare other players. My non-iPods are mainly small capacity, inexpensive but name brand players that I bought because they were on sale. My latest find was a 4GB Sony NWZ-A816 for $99 (last year's model) that sounds really good. Not having to use SonicStage is a big plus. Still, it will not be my main player because I still love iTunes.
You might want to investigate and possibly download and play with iTunes before deciding on any sort of iPod. Among my most of my friends that don't have iPods, iTunes was the dealbreaker for them.
so here's the deal:
I'm finally buying my first real mp3 player ( I had a Sony walkman from Japan... It wasn't great but it was free so I can't complain.)
I am debating between the touch and regular ipod. (although i'm open to suggestions for other quality players)
I've researched both but I would like input from real people, especially those who have owned one or both of them.
I generally use my mp3 player as the main music source for my car (I can't stand radio anymore)
I only have about 12GB of music on my player right now, but I may add a few tunes.
I don't really plan to watch many videos or really store any on my player (Watching movies on a 3in screen is sacrilige IMO)
I do like the non-music features of the touch (wifi, etc.) but I'm wondering if they are worth the extra cost.
Also, I feel that 80GB is an incredible amount of unnecessary space.
Let me know what you think.