So the problems started yesterday, itunes told me I had to restore my ipod... The problems actually started a few days ago, every song just randomly skipping to the next tune 30 seconds, 40 seconds, half way through songs. I can hear some clicking going on, but I've heard this for years, its a 4th gen ipod. So I restored, but still problems. So I tried zero'ing out the drive in Disc Utility, get an input/output error. The drive comes up in disk utility, but I can't do anything. Can't partition, can't erase.. keeping getting i/o errors. Is my ipod toast?! EDIT Just got the thing to intialize in itunes again? So I dont know. I will try copying some songs and see..