Sorry for the poor subject title of this thread but I wanted to get the right peoples attention. Lately, I've been very tempted to finally give in and get an iPod. But, before I make the plunge I wanted to lay out how all of this will work (at least, as I picture it) and please correct me if some of my assumptions are wrong. I want to rip my cds (some 300 or so) via EAC, convert the wav's to FLAC files and save them to my back up drive (160 GB). Then, I want to be able to move these FLAC files to an iPod to be listened to at work or in my car. For the car (I have an '06 Camry) I will need to get some converter device to hook up to my stereo system, I assume. Not sure of the cost or how much is involved with this (any advice would be appreciated). As I understand it, to use FLAC files with iPod I will need to use the program Rockbox. How that will work with the iPod, I'm unclear. Will that act as my Itunes to move the FLAC files back and forth from my back up drive to the iPod? Also, on average, how many FLAC 'hours' of music will fit on a 30 GB iPod? Lastly, are there any studies that have been conducted on how long the lifespan on an iPod is? I have had this idea in my head for several years now but I've never taken the plunge because I'm not much of a risk taker. But, given the upside of carrying a lossless music library of all of my favorite LP's (CDs) and singles around on one device is just too delicious to pass up any more, I think.