I bought my first and only iPod in June 2005. I loved it! I used it everyday on the way to school. Let's say I used it for 20-40 minutes a day. On December 2005 the hard drive failed and I had to ship it back for a replacement. I got a refusbished one in 2 weeks. And it died 6 months later. It turns out the Toshiba hard drives used for the iPod Photo are defective and tend to break down very easily, even if you treat the iPod good (for example, you don't drop it). The only way to remporarily restore the player is by giving it a firm smack on the side, the "stuck" hard drive realigns itself and at least you can copy your stuff back to your computer. That was my first experience with an Apple product, and hopefully my last. I paid 340 Euros for it (a little more than 400$), all my money at that time. Now I have a Creative Zen Stone, 2GB, it smells like shit but at least it works perfectly since July 2007!