I get that occasionally with my 5G and music. I think it's the hard drive beginning to give out..Something with flash memory for audiobooks.
Every now and then my hard drive iPod has problems with audiobooks (it'll suddenly stop playing and kick me back to the home screen, and forget its place). It's a sporadic problem and I have no idea what causes it, but I've never experienced it with flash based iPods. I've spent a lot of time on forums about it, no one knows what it is.
Get the nano or the shuffle if you just want it for audiobooks. Lower memory isn't really a worry since they can take up less space than music anyway (lower quality being ok for spoken word)
I am probably just weird but I use multiple iPods everywhere! I have a 40gb that stays in the car at all times, 4gb that sits at the office, and many others.... That being said, why not get the classic now so you can load everything you want onto it, and keep your eyes out for a cheap nano or mini to keep you audiobooks and some of your favorite songs? That way you have the best of both worlds? I got a mini for 5 dollars on CL and a 6gb CF card for 15 put them together and I got a 6gb Flash Mini for 20 bucks! Trust me you can go cheap!well I have about 300 cd's I want to eventually rip, so I don't have to lug them around anymore. Maybe I should just get the classic and be done with it.
This is true, however once that passed I didn't bother with apps again. I know some people swear by them but if you want an MP3 player - the Touch is not the way to go. It's the most awkward interface out of all of the iPods for one.I'd recommend an iPod touch. You and others may say you'll never use any apps, but you'll go app crazy once you get one. You should check Apple's site for refurbs and try to save about $30.