I've fought the urge for years. Always coming close to falling off the edge, but able to rationalize and bring myself back from the brink of destruction. I almost succumbed back at giftmas, but remembered the mental arguments and managed to refrain.
And those arguments were always the same. The price was too high. I hate proprietary formats that force you to follow a singular regime. And the biggest and most important, I did not want to be an automaton Applebot.
Well, I went to a training event last night, and one of the door prizes was an IPod Shuffle. The final drawing number was mine. So now I'm the "proud?" owner of a silver 1GB Shuffle.
Now, this is just one small step on that path. I'm still close enough that I can get back off. So don't expect me to announce I'm getting a new Mac. :)