I think my iPod ate itself tonight. It froze, was warm, & then the battery eventually drained. It's happened before but this time it now shows a sad iPod icon. I tried to run the diagnostics but all I'm getting is the icon. Granted, it is still charging, but nonetheless. When it charges, I'll try to set it to do it again and/or set it to Disk Mode (of course, if that's the same as enabling disk use, then that's standard), which would them mean a software issue; if not, it's hardware & I have to send it in,. Either way, I'm probably screwed since I won't be able to get my songs back. Or so I think. I have heard tell of programs (especially free ones) that will go in & grab the files off the hard drive without the usual interface but all my search attempts have proved fruitless. Has anyone else heard of such a thing, & if so, any ideas where I might be directed to find them? All assistance would be appreciated Figures this would happen now: I made negotiations to buy a Mac. For the record, the stats involved are the following: iPod photo, 60 GB (6.3 GB left free) Set for Mac use (no, I don't have a mac yet, but I can probably get access to one) 13,133 songs...but some I have on CD.