My daughter left her 5th Gen iPod Touch in the laundry which went in the washing machine. My wife found the iPod touch in the washing machine during the wash cycle. When we dried it with a towel, it was still working but it quickly shut down. CNET did a torture test with the iPhone5 and dried their phone buy putting it in a bag of rice. We tried to do the same with the iPod. Here's the problem. The iPod still will not boot up and we think there is a piece of rice stuck in the charging port. The Lightning connector is unable to plug in. I've checked the web on 5th Gen iPod Touch repairs. Apple doesn't cover water damage and from what I've heard is that they charge at least $249 to replace it with a refurbished model. The web also said that the 5th Gen iPod Touch is difficult to repair due to the design. Does anyone have any insight? Should I try an independent repair shop? The Apple replacement charge (if applicable) is more than 1/2 the cost of the original iPod purchase price. Any help and ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.