Originally Posted by K2Grey
The problem is that there are just too many people who own an iPod and then denigrate others because they aren't using an iPod, since their mp3 player must be inferior. Even though they have absolutely no idea of the relative qualities of mp3 players, of whether it's significant that the iPod doesn't support OGG, relative % rates of hard drive crashes, the ability of the iPod to have a line out etc. They just automatically assume that they're awesome and everyone else's mp3 player sucks.
On the other hand non-iPod users don't seem to have the same "I'm awesome you suck" mentality. I have an iAudio U2 1GB flash player, but if someone else tells me that it's a bad mp3 player because it has a built in battery that will die in 2 years, I can accept that. Similarly, if someone else has a different flash player, like Creative's, I can accept their choice as being their opinion too, instead of automatically going "it's not iaudio, its not the best".
I could give you multiple quotes from this forum such as "dump the overpriced overhyped ipod", or "anything but an ipod"
Actually ipods get more bashing than other DAPs and ipod owners do less bashing then other DAP owners. BUT the reasons are simple. Ipod leads the market and that is probably reflected here. People that choose something else feel compelled to defend their choice, and often resort to bashing the leader to do so. Also it is an American thing to attack the dominant player in the market period. Anybody heard of Microsoft?
Like what was perfectly summarized, if you buy an ipod just to be "cool" or you buy something else "just because it's not an ipod" you are part of the same "tribe" mentality
Plus the bashing is just counter productive and angers people when there is good discussion to be had about pros and cons of the players that are real and not based on a brand.
I own players, by Apple, Creative, Rio, Philips and others. I just want the best player(s) period.
PS> Ironically i'd be willing to bet that the "Microsoft Sucks" mentality is what drove some people early on to look at the ipod to begin with.