Advertisements First on OCAP... I hear what you are saying dt_dc... but I guess that wasn't how I understood it. I thought OCAP was the middleware itself... so if Cable runs or writes (or however you'd term it) their headend to be compatible with OCAP and then Sony or Microsoft or TiVo write their software with the OCAP basic commands ni place, OCAP makes it possible for the two systems (CE & Cable) to communicate with one another. Just like Java does independent of Operating System. OCAP isn't cable's "OS" or the CE box "OS"... it is the Java in between that makes back and forth communication possible (if both players follow the OCAP "language" or commands). Maybe the "standards" haven't been finalized yet, but is what I describe above a fair analogy or am I way off base? No. You can load any MP3 into your iPod, THROUGH iTunes, which is FREE. You can buy or steal your MP3s from wherever you like. Don't know anything about that, but I do know standard MP3 are perfectly loadable onto an iPod, no matter where they come from. What your iPod WON'T do is connect to any old software application directly. You need iTunes as the "middleman" to load up your iPod... and iTunes is free. Now why is it that Apple doesn't want the iPod they manufacture interfacing with any old software? Is it JUST because they want to lock you into using iTunes (on either Mac or Windows), so you're more likely to buy content through them? Sure. But are there other reasonable answers to the question? TiVo doesn't has the ability to download it's guide data from anyone does it? Will it function properly without a TiVo subscription? Has TiVo not locked me into using THEIR subscription service when I buy a TiVo box? Will I get messages from anyone other than them? Can I copy recordings to my PC with anything other than TiVo-to-Go (without "hacking" or "jumping through hoops")? Can I do remote scheduling with any other guide service TiVo hasn't made a proper relationship with, supported directly by TiVo? TiVo is made to work with the TiVo service and software (or companies they have formal relationships with) -- iPod is made to work with iTunes software. Do you see these two things as so inherently different?