The Horror! (and the Beauty)
I have owned an iPod since the day that the original 10 GB version was released on March 21, 2002. It came as an early birthday present for me that year and I have loved and cared for it since. Overall we have had a smooth relationship, except for a few small issues with the battery guage (a known problem which was replaced under warranty) and later because of an even weirder software glitch that no one could explain. Both times the nice folks at the Apple Store (once in SoHo, once in the Walt Whitman Mall) replaced my iPod with a refurb and I was on my way again. So, technically I'm on my third iPod.
Now my play/pause button is not working, even after a software restore. I'm afraid this might be the end of this iPod. Perhaps I'll be lucky and Apple will replace it again for free.
As a consolation prize, I noticed today when I started iTunes that someone, somewhere on my network is using iTunes and sharing some music, which I can stream from his computer. I don't know where it's coming from, but thank you Ari!