dudes, all you technophiles (my friends)...are your ipod batteries dying after about 18 months? apparently, others are having this problem. check out apple's dirty little secret. here's slabco steve's solution: buy your ipod through best buy or a match store and purchase the extended warranty (guarantees everything for those of you that have dropped your electronics in the toilet, you know who you are) and everytime your battery dies, you can upgrade to the newest model without having to pay much if anything. people, work the system!