Make sure you get a screen protector for it. Here's what happened to my ipod WITH a screen protector on it. It was one of those cheap $5 ones, there's actually 3 layers on it, its pretty thin so you can't tell. The best part is I can tear off layers as needed. It took about 3 months of use for it to get as scratched up as it is but the protectors were something like 5 bucks for a 3-pack, I got em off the street. Look at the unprotected center button if you want to see what the rest of the ipod will look like w/o the protector.
I recommend a boxwave protector, they're a lot more expensive than the one I use on my ipod, about $10 EACH. I have one on my Treo 650 phone which regularly gets a LOT more abuse on the touchscreen and I can only count about 3 fine scratches on it after 6 months of use, everything else is in 100% perfect condition.
Personally I love the form factor of the ipod but hate it cause it has a lot of usability issues that some more advanced users might want that were on my old creative player but not the ipod.
1) The round scroll wheel is pretty inaccurate.
2) I can't adjust the screen brightness.
3) I can't easily adjust the volume when it's in my pocket since I have to have the keylock on, if I don't, then the volume keeps changing as the unit moves around in my pocket.
4) Volume goes nuts and spikes to full volume and back constantly when it's within 6 inches of my GSM phone when the keylock is off. Almost blew out my ear drums quite a few times.
5) Constant low volume hissing with my shure e3's.
6) Doesn't automatically add songs to the playlist when you play them and there's no preview of songs when you're browsing through them.
7) Doesn't show song properties such as bit rate, etc.
8) Natively doesn't support copying songs back and forth or storing songs as an external drive (like the iriver's).
9) No 1 key solution to get back to the now playing screen.
10) Can't password protect folders for videos for my porno.