I've only ever had on e or two freezes from my iPod, normally after playing the iPod quiz a few times and going back to music without turning it on and off again, but it's rare enough that it doesn't bother me. I got pretty lucky with mine. I don't understand all the hate from a personal level, because my 3rd gen, and the 4th gen my girl has are both perfect. I avoid Sony mp3 players like the plague. I had two before my iPod, and my sister had one for a while, and they did nothing but break and look unstylish.