I already scratched my iPod (not severely, except for a small, almost barley noticeable on the lower, right hand side of the screen
). I did not know they scratched so easily. I'm going to purchase a case now... There are low cost alternatives shown @: www.ipodlounge.com
You have to be very careful with them. I bought a contour design hardcase immediately, and took my iPod directly from the box into the case. Apple needs to use a different metal for the backing of the iPod (the aluminum on the mini's seems to be working fine). The chrome scratches far too easily.