David Pogue investigates what alternatives there are to iPods in today's New York Times. Why on earth somebody would want something else than an iPod is unclear (aside from saving money, of course) but the article gives a fair overview of what is out there and what features the models, well, feature.
The article also has such gems as this: " Speaking of vehicles, the Creative Labs Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra is the sport-utility truck of MP3 players. At this moment, it's the only player available in a 60-gigabyte model ($400). That's enough to hold 900 hours of WMA-encoded music - an important point if you're selected for the first manned mission to Mars. (To make that prospect even more realistic, Creative Labs blessed this model with a removable battery, so you can pack a bunch of spares in your astro-luggage.)"
This just can't wait till Monday. (wouldn't want you guys to camp out in front of the store and then blame us, right?)
Macrumors says, "Despite limited supply arriving at Apple Stores for the iPod mini as early as Feb 16th... the new Minis will reportedly not go on sale until February 20th at 6pm.
Some Apple Stores are taking reservations for early orders at this time.