Although this generation has been discontinued and a new generation is on the market, I will not be switching anytime soon. I love that this iPod has a radio, pedometer, and video camera. I have had this generation for 3 years now and I love it. I like that it's similar to the fourth generation, a step up, but still has the features that I like which have been discontinued in the newer generation. I use it all the time and plan on using it for as long as it lasts. Sound Quality I think it depends on which earbuds you use. When I first bought this I had the factory Apple earbuds and I loved the sound quality, base and treble. Since those have stopped working, I've switched to cheaper duracell earbuds, but they still deliver pretty decent sound quality even though they sound a little more muffled. I don't think that has anything to do with the iPod though. Performance This has all of the functions I want in an iPod. Battery Life The battery doesn't last as long as I'd like. I usually have to charge it about once a day, sometimes every two days depending on how much I use it. Durability I bought a plastic silicone sleeve with this iPod and I still have it. It has kept my iPod in tip top shape. Without it though, I believe it would have more scratches due to dropping it as my previous generation developed scratches easily if I accidentally dropped it.