I hear the "whine," but I'm not sure if I would have noticed it if I didn't go in the apple forums. I don't listen to classical music which is where people hear it the most. It kind of sounds like the hard drive is spinning. If anything I would have just thought it was that, and it wouldn't have bothered me. Apple is looking for solutions according to the ipod moderator's newest posts. It should be perfect product, but unfortunately it isn't. There are lots of weird little things about it.
Here is one of the responses from the ipod moderator made today:
|The source of this noise is believed to be the use of standard MP3 decoders in low-power consumer devices. Apple is investigating possible solutions, but we have no further details at this time.
I still enjoy it, and I'm not going to return it.. I listen to all my music off this thing. I listen to a lot more music now because of this thing too.. It is with me all the time (replaced the cell phone!) I stuff it in my jeans pocket with a pair of mx500s threaded under my shirt up to my ears.. I guess the "whine" doesn't bother me as much as some people.