My 4th Generation iPod died on me recently. This is the second time. It's over four years old. About a year and a half ago, I replaced the hard drive on it. And today, I replaced the hard drive again.
This is the old hard drive, the dead one.
Why replace the hard drive instead of buying a brand new shiny game and video-playing iPod Touch? Because for $54 (including shipping) I was able to buy a new 20GB hard drive for my old iPod from iFixit.com. iFixit rocks! They have everything you need to get your old Apple product working again.
Besides, the money I'd spend on a new iPod can now go to an ebook reader. I'm leaning towards a Sony Reader (more on that later).
I like Apple (I'm writing this post on my MacBook), but I have to say I'm not impressed by the durability of iPods.