I'm only talking about one feature... an iPod that can stream.
And I would hardly say that the Touch fits in with the idea of 'fewer features'... I mean... it's a music player with a web browser for god's sake.
Finally... what I am talking about has been available... FROM APPLE... for years... in a slightly different form. For years now you've been able to buy airport stations that can hook up to an audio system so that you can stream music from iTunes on your Mac to any room in the house. All I'm talking about is having an iPod do the streaming instead of your Mac... so if you're on the back deck and you want to change the music... you just pick up your iPod... you don't have to go in the house... down the stairs... down the hall... to the computer room... etc... to change the music.
Also, the whole iPod as remote thing was just an idea that came about as a result of this thread. That was never my idea. So with all the back and forth arguments and suggestions... things have become confusing.
My original idea was just an iPod (any iPod with a screen... classic, touch, whatever) that can stream via WiFi and/or Bluetooth. It might stream to your livingroom stereo... or to your exercise room stereo... or to wireless bluetooth headphones (people have been asking for this for years)... or to the stereo system at your workplace... or to a bluetooth enabled car stereo... etc. I know battery life might be an issue... but the classic 160 GB now has 40 hours! I'd be happy with 10 hours streaming or 40 hours without streaming.
I do think this might happen at some point. An iPod that can use wireless headphone or speakers, etc. just seems like a no-brainer to me.