Help me decide what to get for my birthday!

Out of the many things I’d like for my 17th birthday coughcarcough (which was monday), a new MP3 player seems to be the best. I had an RCA Lyra 128mb, and now its broke…so I’ve been thinking iPod. Before I get one, is there anything else I should consider? Please feel free to include things like battery life, and actual experience with an iPod or other competitors.

(should this be under Computers and Games?)