Lawcucui, they are better because the Ipod mini had a horrible amount that would break very fast. I bought my boyfriend one for his bday and within 6 weeks it just read "error" and would not work, got a new one an it broke within 8 weeks! Several friends said the samething.
This was also writen in several reviews for electronics and this is why Ipod discontinued making them all together. Let's hope his third ipod doesn't break...no more exchanging them now!
The smaller version holds 1000 songs, the same as the 4 GB mini.