different things. for audio, the best thing to do is get a new pair of headphones, some upper end ones. check out www.head-fi.org for advice on that.
i like the ZVM because of the available custom EQ. However, the line-out through the ipod is supposed to sound really good, not to mention it supports rockbox, with which is can play OGG vorbis and FLAC (lossless audio) formats.
The ipod cannot play .mpg video files.
I am really in a tough situation. I want to get a hard drive based MP3 player, and I've come down to two players; the iPod Video and the Creative Zen Vision:M. I am just 15 years old, and my father gave me the advice to get the iPod, just becuase it is mainstream, so I can buy many accessories, though I don't really care about accessories, because Gomadic.com sells good stuff and SFplanet.com also has accessories for the Zen. I will mainly use my MP3 player for audio. Which has better sound quality? I know the Creative player has better video quality. I want to mainly play Xvid video files on my player, and a few .mpg files. Can the iPod play .mpg files, because I know it can't play Xvid files. I can always convert, just it will be a pain in the butt. I am just in a pickle. The battery life is about the same for the players, but all I am worried about is the sound quality. I don't care about the size of the player, and I don't care about the Gigabeat. All I want is a 30-60GB player with good quality sound that cna play videos. If anybody can help, please do so. I would really appreciate it. Thanks