A few days ago my iPod photo stopped working. It kept displaying a "sad iPod" icon, and wouldn't play music or be recognized by my computer. I went to the iPod support website, and was informed that my warranty was expired and repair would be $280. After realizing there was not much else to do, I signed up. Then, I remembered there is a one year parts warranty on iPods... and this bugger's not a year old. So I called Apple and was informed that i merely had to pay $29.95 for shipping and handling, unless I wanted the $49 student Applecare, which would cover the shipping cost and any future blunders. I want others to know that there is likely an alternative to the widely prescribed (and overpriced) online repair service provided by apple. $280 is alot of money, and it's rediculous to me that I almost was tricked into paying this when really i had to only pay $49 at most.