While cruising Dave Jones’s blog (he’s a Fedora kernel dude) I happened upon Rockbox, an alternative firmware for a whole bunch of digital audio players (iPods and the like). Check out the Rockbox Screenshot on Wikipedia, it looks awesome. I’ll install it when I get home in a little over 10 days.
Finally my iPod will work as I want it to. It’ll play anything you dump onto it, it’ll play formats other than just MP4, I can install my own themes and do all sorts of other cool stuff. Best of all, it’s GPL code, yay for freedom!