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It was acting up so I decided to format it. Even the formatting was acting up, but eventually I got there. Started up iTunes, which installed some software on my iPod and rebooted my iPod. Everything froze instantly, iTunes, Windows Explorer, Winamp (which I prefer a gazillion times over iTunes) and the iPod itself...
Need to buy a new iPod Classic 160GB, and that sucks... Ah well
Well, it didn't work at all anymore, even without the cable attached. I already ordered a new one (about 50 euro's cheaper than in the Apple store ) and I expect it on tuesday. I mostly use it at work anyway, so I'll only have two days without an iPod. Luckily I got some spare mp3's I can listen to
I play CD's in the car. Call me old fashioned, but I still buy CD's... Only listen to them in the car though. And I don't drive a lot. Maybe once or twice a month and only short distances I use my iPod at work and on vacations mostly. Once in a while when I go out cycling. I have a key to the office and I live only three minutes away, so I can pick it up whenever I want to
I'm in the car for about an hour a day, with my commute to/from work and errands. I can put 150-175 songs on the nano, which is good for about two weeks.
The classic I carry to/from work, because I keep my music library on my home machine. Like you, I still buy CD's. I've bought some music online, but I always tend to burn a CD of it for archival purposes.
Whenever I get new mp3's I put them on a usb memory stick which I take to work to put them on my iPod there I don't buy music online... I buy it physically to listen to it in the car, on my stereo (as an alarm clock), to enjoy the artwork and to support the band/label. If I wanted an mp3 I'd just download it ehhh... without buying it
I'm not very good with technical stuff, so I'll pass on replacing the hard drive myself. A friend was very interested in dissecting the iPod, so I gave it to him. Told him if he could fix it he may keep it. He was very happy. He's an *gawk* Apple fanboi...