I've been looking for a decent case to protect my ipod, having tried one of those Gel type cases which are great at catching crud and offer little or no protection. Also tried an expensive leather fold up thing which was a pain to use and had a storage area for the ear phones, my fear was that the ear buds would crack the screen when in my shirt pocket. The Gear4 icebox pro is perfect combination of protection and usability. It protects the screen from scratches and grease, the jog wheel is also covered and works a treat. The cover is made from heat treated aluminium but unlike the other reviewer I had no sharp edges at all. The lanyard is sturdy but a bit fiddly to thread through the back of the unit. My only wish is that it had a plastic or rubber port cover to prevent clag build up and make it a bit more beach proof. Great choice of colours (Silver, Black + pink) and fantastic value at £7.99 and have ordered another for the missus.