Hello - a bit long winded, sorry. A little story. I have a 30GB iPod 5th generation I believe. Video out, colour screen etc. It's given me good service but since I've had an iPhone I don't tend to carry I around (last 2 years). For the past year it has been a hide-away unit in the glove box of my car providing music for the car sound system (pioneer f20bt if you must know). Anyway, once in a while I bring it into the house to update the music, ie, sync with iTunes on my iMac. I did this about 3 weeks ago and it wouldn't sync, lots of odd errors, error 1416 and a bunch of others. The existing music was ok but I couldn't add any more. So I kept pushing it and googling various tricks to try, eg, restore, use disk utility to repair permissions, full reformat, target disk mode etc. Nothing worked and (obviously) I ended up with no songs on it as well due to the restores and all that. In fact it seemed the more I tried the worse it got and would not even restore any more. I got so desperate I even took it to the local Apple Store and met with a Genius Bar dude. He pretty much went through all the same things I had tried and eventually said, the hard drive was failing and there was nothing that could be done. They would take it from me and give me 10% toward a new iPod but that's all they could do. I took it away to think about. I have an iPhone and my wife has a old iPod nano (and we have a couple of iPads) so felt it was a bit ott to buy a brand new iPod just for the car, but it is bloody handy just tucked away and with decent capacity very handy. I left it a few weeks and early yesterday morning I saw it sitting by the computer and thought I'll plug it in and give it a try. It restored ok but then failed syncing. I thought that was strange because it hadn't even been able to restore for a while and I wondered why. Now it's winter here, I'm in Australia so it's not exactly cold but still maybe 16C inside overnight. We were going out and I thought, I'll pop the iPod in the fridge and try and sync it when we come back. 3 hours later I tried syncing it and I got 500 songs on before it failed (but the songs were still there). I then took it back and forth a few times to the fridge for 20 minutes at a time and got 200 or so songs on each time. I then had a brain wave and put an ice brick/slicka pad under the iPod while it was syncing (ie, one of those plastic blocks that you freeze and put in an esky/chilly bin/ice chest). Doing this I could get 1,800 songs on at a time before it failed. iPod now back in glove box and working fine. Not sure for how long but seems ok.