My poor iPod has been trying to die on me for some time. I guess for an iPod it's put in some good service (although j's has lasted even longer. His is probably 6-7 years old at this point and mine is 5-6.) The ipod just made a "sad ipod" face on startup (like the "Sad Macs" of old with the X's through their eyes, which generally indicated you were screwed). For some reason, it boot up on the second try and it's letting me attempt to restore it. Previously, the sad iPod face has meant a trip to the Apple store to shock the poor thing back to life a la Frankenstein.
We'll see. At some point I sense I'll be asking for a new iPod for Christmas.