I never really got on with this thing when I bought it. Too fiddly by far and iTunes' persistent attempts to organise my music drove me back to Windows Media Player and forced me to abandon any pretext of being young and trendy. So I gave it to Young A who absolutely adored it and definitely got my money's worth out of it. Until she dropped it at 5 o'clock one morning while simultaneously juggling her bags and trying to get on the school bus for a trip to Brisbane. It didn't fall far but obviously far enough to render it senseless. It put up a sad little iPod face and refused to do anything.
Now, I'm not one to give up easily and I ended up at a website where a technically savvy kind of guy had replaced the hard disk with a flash card. This looked promising so I forked out $200 for an 8 gig flash card and undertook the necessary surgery which actually wasn't that difficult. Except that this little iPod didn't quite react as the directions suggested it would. I downloaded the latest version of iTunes and reformatted, updated and restored the darned thing more times than I care to remember. Not everything was a complete disaster since you can easily find it via Windows and it recognises it as an 8 Gb iPod and lets me send files back and forth with ease but it steadfastly refuses to become an Apple compliant iPod again and delights in showing me the folder with the exclamation mark at every available opportunity.
So then I found a site, Rockbox, which promised an alternative firmware/software so I duly downloaded stuff and ran it. Needless to say it did nothing and still throws up an apple logo on the screen and then the tiresome folder and exclamation mark.
Anybody want to buy an unusual looking 8 Gb memory stick ?