Update on my Node 2i purchase compared to the Touch:
I am still getting comfortable with the interface. The Touch interface worked really well using I-peng. The Bluos will probably work just as well for me over time. The nice thing about the Bluos is accessing my music inventory and streaming services in one place which is much easier than the Touch. Cudos to the Touch for all it does for over 10 years when music technology changes so often.
One problem I have is that about 15% of my album art will not display on the Bluos. I see a message that I should keep album art below a certain resolution. This seems a bit ridiculous when we've been displaying high quality album art in the touch for so long. I now have to replace much of my album art to have it display properly? Please let me know if my Bluos is buggy or if what I am seeing is correct.
I am happy with the sound, which has a quieter background and the music has more texture, compared with the Touch. I'm still evaluating the sound.