2. Apple products have a cult following for a reason
They are the most user-friendly and responsive to your needs. There have been issues with battery life and such, but as long as you're not buying the latest version you shouldn't have any problems.
If you wanna commit, IPod touch is the best, but if you're just looking for a gym device the shuffle is s a lot cheaper and will probably suit you fine. In between is the nano, which gives you a display screen so you can see what you're listening to.
If you go to an Apple store, the employees will help you without a hard sell. They also have lectures and free help with your Apple products during the time you own them (It's called the Genius Bar) All in all, for a soulless corporation, Apple at least offers a lot of satisfaction if you buy their stuff.
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