Simpler Switching from Windows PC to Apple Mac

I recently made the switch to Mac. I took about six months actually, as I'd been using Windows desktop, a Linux server, and a linux/windows laptop plus a mac iBook laptop. I played my mp3s to my stereo (connected by audio cables, of course) from linux and at other times from Windows. WinAmp and XMMS seemed to rule the school. I saw people with iTunes, but it looked clunky and -- as most things Mac -- too simplistic (though I have come to view this as a virtue).

So now, I have a Apple PowerBook Laptop 15" M9422LL/A (1.50-GHz PowerPC G4, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive) where I can run iTunes. I was still playing music off my Linux box, though, because the laptop wasn't always on my desk and I didn't want to have a zillion cables running off of it. But I needed to get my music on my Apple iPod Nano- Digital player - HDD 8GB - AAC, MP3 - 2" Display! So I was copying all my music to both places. Let me tell you that this approach SUCKED.

But now I have found bliss. I purchased a Apple AirPort Express with Air Tunes (M9470LL/A). It took 10 minutes (after an initial hurdle) to set up, and I can play my music directly to my stereo, WIRELESSLY, from my laptop. I unplugged the monitor from Linux, and now use it as a second monitor for my laptop when it's on my desk. My life is enormously simplified - Merry Christmas!!