Moved from PC to Mac: Should I Reformat my iPod?

I used to use a PC all the time, never a Mac. Therefore my iPod is formatted for PC.
I use a Mac 99% of the time. Maybe (very ocasionally) a PC.
Is it worth reformatting my iPod for my Mac? I think if I leave in PC format, my iPod will work on Mac AND PC, right?
Will I lose any functionality if I leave it in PC format?

You are right, PC formatted iPod can be read by both Mac and PC. The only benefit of reformat to Mac is - - a Mac formatted iPod will sync faster and smoother on a Mac computer.

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    ...the Mac I have is the
    top of the line iMac made today w/ 2GB of RAM. So, I
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