So, a week ago I got a ipod mini -- 2g 6 gig silver -- I've had reservations about audio quality due to compression for some time. I began loading it up with music to take to the gym and to work. Every now and again, I would notice a skip or a pause in the music. From day one. On mp3s that played fine on iTunes. I even opened the files in Peak and found no gaps in the files. A fair number of these mp3s were collected on a Windows machine -- CDs ripped through CDEX -- but now reside on my firewire external drive. The id3 tags are sporadic. And the file names can be pretty long. Would this cause playback problems? I have soft-reset my ipod (multiple times) and reinstalled the firmware (twice). I loaded up mp3s that I have rendered from CDs on my iMac through iTunes 4.71. And the gaps still occur. Usually two at the beginning of the song and one right in the middle. But not consistently. And not even on the same file. I don't run with it. Or exercise much. It operates mostly in my truck. Or on my desk. No shaking or jostling. It's not after 20 minutes. I'm not sure what's up. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm planning a trip to the Apple Store this week. And since it's within the 14 day period, I should be fine though I did get AppleCare. Help. ps now I have to be honest, two days ago I dropped my ipod mini. It was a few feet, it slipped out of my bag when I was getting into my truck onto a parking garage floor. Without my Speck case -- they weren't instock at the Apple store. And so there're a few dents in the case. If I take it back to the Apple store, will they be all, Um. You dropped it. That's why it's broken. Thanks.