batteries are expensive as u said urself. support is i believe tough to get. and it comes at a huge premium when compared to us prices. and well Sony products are a better value for money! accepts external batteries. blah blah. lots of stuff. i almost got one for myself but better sense prevailed in the end. i think mac mini is a safer bet when it comes to Apple products.
dunno abt Sony dude....mite be better... but the iPod is an awesome piece... reviews say iPod has the best sound quality... n plus an iPod is an iPod... its a brand identity by itself.... n hopefully if i don need support... its an amazing value for money