Greetings all from Northwest China home to its restive Uyghur (Turkic muslim) population. Two days before I am to go to Kazakhstan, my ipod, again has crapped out on me. I am the not so proud owner of a 4g 40gb player. here is the thing...this is MY Fourth replacement. after replacing this one, it will mark five. I have, since my second one, been ever so cautious, keeping it in a rubber soft case, and wrapped in a second hard case. Anyway, what happens is that the disk just suddenly stops reading, i get the empty folder and then it craps out. This time is slightly different...the music was still there but it would skip to the next song without playing and it would continue to do so. Like it was trying to find the music but couldn't... what is wrong with what i'm doing? I thought it might be my music, so this time when i reloaded my ipod i didn't put on any music that i had acquired since the first breakdown. i've apple care so i'm not concerned about the replacement, but i'm really quite sick of dealing with this. has anyone else had similar problems?