They say: "Apple comes through again with a near-perfect MP3 player".
Loads of 'For's', but the 'Against's' are equally compelling, and Apple need to look at them. Namely: "No FM radio or recording capabilities; nonreplaceable battery".
John Naughton was pretty good on the iPod's failings - especially the battery life this weekend:
Apple's approach to the iPod battery is emblematic of the company's attitude to design generally.... It was evident, for example, in the first version of the Macintosh... which Jobs insisted should have no expansion slots.. Jobs was implementing his vision that computers were consumer products - like, say, food processors or TVs - not engineering test-beds. The Mac should have, as it were, 'no user serviceable parts'. It was perfect just as it was.
This might be a sensible policy for food processors and games consoles, but for a general-purpose machine like a computer it was daft, and Apple nearly died as a result. Jobs was pushed out, and replaced by men in suits who drove the company into the ground.... the iPod has been the crowning glory of the new strategy - a consumer electronics device that has taken the world by storm... But implicit in it is Jobs's old hostility to consumer tinkering.
I know hardware can't always be all things to all people. But if Apple want to keep hold of their revolution, they need to sort out the battery thing, the radio thing and the recording thing: before someone else does. (well, before someone else does it in as attractive a package...iriver isn't quite there yet)