Complaint: the mini iPod is expensive.
Item: mini iPod. Small. Mainly ugly colours. FireWire and USB2. 4GB.
Item: Creative Nomad Muvo2. Small. Ugly. USB2. 4GB.
$299. At 14% off.
Item: iRiver iGP-100. Small. Ugly. Capable, though. USB2. 1.5GB.
Item: Rio Nitrus. Small. Ugly. USB2. 1.5GB.
I agree that the iPod mini hurts when you compare it to the iPod proper, but it doesn't hurt so badly when you compare it to its peers.
(Updated Wednesday morning with the iRiver 1.5GB player.)