I've just started to re-read the April edition of Guitar Techniques as well as the March edition of Total Guitar. The April GT is all about practicing, while the TG has an article on setting up a home studio. I mention GT only because the editors note makes mention of setting up a POD for practicing. This tickled my fancy for two reasons a.) I need to set up a better practice regimine, and b.) I'm moving to an apartment in a couple of weeks, and I won't be able to give my amp the workout it needs or deserves. To that end, I've been thinking about the Line 6 line of products for home recording and practicing. Right now, I'm leaning towards the TonePort end of things because it appears to be cheaper. Am I correct in presuming that the TonePort and your computer do what a POD can do alone in regards to tone etc.? If that is the case, then the TonePort would be ideal to my needs. However, where I get bogged down on the Line 6 website is in regards to the differences in products. If I just want to be able to record my practice sessions -- I can evaluate myself far better when something is coming at me, rather than when it's going away from me, if that makes any sense -- and maybe record an idea or two, would I be better served by the GX or the UX1? Is the extra $40 in price worth it to get the UX1 rather than the GX? Furthermore, am I able to record using the GearBox software, or is some third party application needed? If the 3rd party app is needed, would something as simple as Audacity suffice? My apologies with these questions, I'm sure you've heard them all a thousand times, but apparently my googlefu isn't working tonight, and I couldn't turn up any threads in this regard.