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To be completely honest, no matter how much I love my iPod, there is no way that browsing a few thousand tracks with a scrollwheel is comparable to type–ahead–find. But, since the iPod lacks a keyboard, it clearly lacks that function.

One might hope that developments in natural language comprehension and voice recognition will one day yield a simple “play me some high–rating Smashing Pumpkins tracks” or “play me something upbeat” interface, but I imagine the impact of such technological developments would be more far–reaching and earth–shattering than navigating my music collection, so I’ll let the fantasy wait.