I have a Touch and I have an A5. I use the A5 - no question that it's the only option when you have 11,000 + songs and a bunch of videos you want to have on it.
With the Touch, you don't need to be dependant on iTunes. I use MediaMonkey and for reasonably small sets of information that works great. I did have RedChair stuff for previous iPods and it worked great with earlier versions of the pod, but had problems that they have hopefully corrected. NOTHING compares to drag and drop direct file management of the Archos (which Sandisk and others also have). I do very much dislike that this is missing in Apples.
10000 more features I also take issue to. I do like that the A5 has DVR functionality, GPS functionality (if it was working for me in Canada), more formats for music, more formats for video, etc.
BUT the iDevices have apps. Not a small set of games and utilities from a closed development, but thousands of apps written by developers and hobbiests from around the world. Yes, MOST are crap like the beer apps. Some are exceptional like the WiFi tools, networking tools and others useful for my job. Others are very useful like the dictionaries, timers and yes, even the levels.
My hope is that the Android devices will be open and that anyone will be able to develop applications for it. Archos does not seem great at getting stable software out in reasonable time frames.
I also hope the next-gen hardware will be powerful and it will have full API support. Keep the big high-res screen, keep the huge capacity, improve WiFi range, change the coating on the metal. Add an accelerometer and GPS to the device (off by default), add decent built-in camera if possible. Make the battery removable. Whatever improvements could be made to size and weight would be nice, but for me function is primary.
Archos has about 10000 more features than Apple products
Ha ha, holy s**t that's hilarious. Must have been some crazy math used to get that number.
The quality of Apple's software blows away the janky software that Archos produces. This is coming from someone who hates apple products (mostly because of their dependancy on itunes). The Archos media players definitely have a few well intended features that ipods lack, but they're implementation of those features is so retarded that I'd rather look elsewhere.