I bought it back in 2002, I think. Maybe 2003. I had gone back to University and was doing train and bus rides three to four times a week, not to mention the time I had on campus not wanting to talk to other students. I laid out the cash for one and took it round with me, on trains, buses and planes, in this country and others. I paid something like four hundred or five hundred dollars for it at the time, but it served for close to a decade, and you can't argue with that.
The only real problem, I have discovered, is that now I have to upload all my albums back to itunes, a time consuming practice at best. In fact, it's so time consuming, I finally gave in and just downloaded the albums I already owned.
I was faintly disgusted with myself, really.