Ive not yet broken an iPod, and my Macbook pro took a full glass of rum and coke to the face and is still working like a champ.. I have also talked to people that can't keep an iPod working for the life of them. It's about how you take care of your devices. When properly taken care of, things last a really long time. My iPhone has survived being in my pocket while doing combat drills, Qualifying, firing machine guns, and even through a downpour at the range. A lot of people's ipods can't even handle going to school on a bad week. Take care of your device, and it will treat you well. As for music, the iPad isn't designed as a music player. I have a TON of iTunesU videos and audio files that would complement a slideshow, or video perfectly. It's ability to pay music is just a bonus.