I agree, ipods aren’t that easy. My corworkers bought ipods and they are not having as much fun or ease with them.
I’ve had an iPod for years. Its plenty easy. The biggest problem with it is that you’re completely bound to iTunes, whereas I can hook my Fuze to nearly anything. Of course, if I want a case or accessory for an iPod, I can go just about anywhere and have many choices - with the Fuze, they are few and far between. Which pretty much leads back to this thread - you have to keep it simple. Forget about line-in to your car stereo and all that, and just use it as a portable audio player.