No, there's a lot of people who care about that. And if it is a space issue they could have used another mini jack for a coax output. I'm a Mac guy as much as I am PC, because I use it for my work. I would want the ability to use a laptop as a transport though, and it just seems a backwards step for them. Maybe they figure people are using USB audio devices now anyway?
If they really wanted to please everyone they could put an optical or coax output on the iPod, but sadly I don't think that will ever happen. It wouldn't cost them much to do if they could make the space for it, but then it would cut into their Apple TV sales which means it will never happen. And we all know Jobsieboy doesn't care about pleasing his customers -- lack of Flash on iPad and iPod is evidence of that.