I guess it was going to happen eventually... my iPod died.
I was sitting at work yesterday mindlessly droning through the corporate day, when my iPod starting acting "quirky". I was listening to my music in shuffle mode when suddenly, in the middle of "Personal Jesus", my iPod skipped ahead to the next song. I thought it was strange, but just figured it was a mis-fire.
In the middle of the next song, "Dust in the Wind", the same thing happened - about 30 second into the song we jumped ahead. Then, the third song, "indifference" stopped after 15 seconds...
The songs got shorter and shorter until my iPod was randomly shuffling songs after playing only 1 second of music.
So now my iPod is stuck in an endless loop playing only 1 second of music and then skippnig ahead - powering off doesn't work, plugging in the power cord to recharge doesn't work, so finally I do the old "hard reset". That causes my iPod to enter an endless "start-shutdown" cycle.
So, again, I go with the "menu&select" buttons to reset the iPod. The iPod restarts this time without automatically shutting down. I'm thinking I finally have it until I see this moster pop up:www.apple.com/support/iPod
And then it powers down. Every time I turn it on, I get this little screen of death with the folder pic and that web address. So, I waited until I got home from work last night and then jumped into the apple site to see if I could repair my little 'Pod.
I tried just about everything they recommended on the 5 Rs page
- reset the iPod, restarting the iPod, retrying the iPod on USB instead of fire-wire, re-installed the iPod software, restored the iPod factory settings.
Finally, the full re-installation of the iPod software and the full factory restore seemed to work. I turned my iPod on and it worked! On comes the main menu and... no music.
Yep, all the music had been deleted from my iPod. Ugh. So, I go to reload all 2750+ songs back onto my iPod when I am greeted with this little image:
And nothing. I tried manually forcing my iPod nto disk mode and then going through the FULL reinstall of the iPod software and the FULL restore three
more times, and every time I get to the stage where I try to upload the music to my iPod and it crashes all over again... with some error message that I do not have permission to write to that drive popping up on my PC.