While I'm sure I didn't fully grasp your point as your complexity is beyond my brainpower at this current point in time, Victor, that reminds me: The Kindle. I hate it. It's the devil. It should not exist.
I miss the simplicity of old iPods. Before there was talking Shuffles and iPod touches and the iPod was retired to being called the iPod "classic". They took a good idea, a pure and beautiful concept, and then turned it into something ridiculous, colorful, and that is meant to appeal to the masses that want to acquire music in large quantities who want music for bragging rights, not for the connection they have to it. The old unadultered iPods were great. I am skeptical of these new things.