My iPod which is just under 2 years old is having problems. It's been well looked after (never dropped) and has been used for several hours a day, almost every work-day. The problem I'm having is that I can't copy a single album onto it without it crashing (the hard drive just clicks away and eventually get an error message) which then results in me having to resynch my entire library (140gb worth). Once fully synched though, it seems to play just fine. I've taken to an Apple store (and although they didn't run any diagnostics on it) they have said the hard disk is dying and to replace it will cost £94. I've found details on how to run the diagnostics myself and I do believe that the hard disk is suffering from write failures.
I'm reluctant to replace the hard drive as it may well fail again in future, so I'm thinking of going for a 16gb Nano and keeping the classic for use at home on my Zeppelin. I won't be transferring any more music to it now that I have fully synched it again. I had a listen to a Nano yesterday and I was really impressed with the sound quality. I use my iPod on the daily train jouneys as well as in the office. I realise that I will have to regularly refresh the Nano but I estimate that with my collection (a mixture of 320kbs and Apple Lossless) I should be able to get around 70-80 albums on there.
Does anyone have any comments regarding the Nano or perhaps any other suggestions? Apple seemed quite dismissive. Less than 2 years seems a pretty poor life for such an item. I love their products, by I'm pretty disappointed by this one.