The only things that run reliably with an Apple is another Apple (and even that is questionable).
Just kidding . . . don’t start lighting those torches for a flame war! :smileyvery-happy:
You should be able to connect in MSC mode and load music (.mp3s) onto your player with a Mac. However you’re right, there are some things that require a Windows machine, like formatting and updating. Linux fans are in the same boat. Like it or not, it is a Windows world. But you already know that. So you, being in the minority must make concessions and make do with what you’ve got, devise clever work-arounds, or (as Apple hopes) drink the Kool-Aid and buy an I-pod.
Most of your I-pod owners are also Mac users and most Windows users prefer ‘non-pods’. There are exceptions of course, but it seems like that’s the way it is. It all comes down to choices. We’ve all got them. Democrats vs. Republicans, Toyota fans vs. Honda fans, dogs vs. cats, men vs. women, paper or plastic. :wink:
A discussion forum is a good thing all around. It shouldn’t be viewed as a weakness of (or in) the product. Good ideas blossom when people discuss things; users help other users with problems, whether it be product-related or just unfamiliarity with the unit; the manufacturer (SanDisk) by monitoring the forum learn what issues are causing concerns with its customers and hear very quickly of genuine bugs that need addressing, as well as being able to provide support directly to the users by releasing firmware updates and making relevant announcements in the most expeditious manner possible.