We got our daughter a 3G iPod last year for Christmas, which is just barely out of the one year warranty. Last night she came in to tell me that it wouldn't turn on, and that the computer (iMac G4 800, OS 10.3.6) didn't recognize it when she plugged it in via F/W. It also does not appear to take a charge. We tried resetting it with no success. I cannot hear any drive activity when I hold it to my ear while trying to reset. My daughter usually uses her iPod in her car, using a cig lighter charger at all times. Does keeping it plugged in all the time cause the battery life to drop to zero after a while? Is this thing dead? She says she didn't drop it, and I believe her. I figure I'll take it to the Appple Store tomorrow, and if it is truly dead, maybe getting her the U2 iPod (she is not a fan, but her favorite colors are back and red).