My iPod 20GB 4G is dead.
It started when my main computer, an eMac, went in to get fixed. I was using my brother's MacBook, but the iPod would not recognise in iTunes. It showed up in disk utility as a HD fine, but the iPod image was not mounted, and refused to. Sometimes iTunes would recognise it, and say it was corrupted, and ask to restore. I was otherwise working fine, and my music was on the other computer, so I didn't restore. Other times DU would recognise it as a USB drive, but not an iPod. There was an image there that also refused to mount. The image was called IPOD, which is not the correct name.
Then the other day I was listening to it, got sick of what I was listening to, so put it to shuffle a playlist. I pressed play, and put it in my pocket, but nothing happened. I thought maybe I didn't hit play, or it was turned down or something, so I took a look at it. I saw the last few tracks of the album go by, as if I were repeatedly hitting the 'next track' button. It got to the end of the album, got to the first song of then next, then turned off. No problems, I thought, so I went to reset. The Apple logo came up, and the disappeared, then it came back, the disappeared. This repeated all afternoon and night.
I plugged it into the Macbook, and I saw a strange sight. It was the 'Charging' icon, but without the heading, or lines to the top and bottom. And it did not animate, just stayed about 1/3 full. It would periodically revert beck to the apple logo. I got the eMac back today, and was hoping it would work, but nothing has changed.
I listened to the Hard Drive, and it sounds fine, it just will spin up when the logo is displayed, and the stop when it disappears.
I my iPod now officially dead? Is there anything else anyone can suggest to help? It is out of warranty, and I hope to get a 6G if they come out January, but it would be nice to fix the old one until then, and to give to a friend.
UPDATE: I left it plugged in to the eMac overnight, and at some point it decided to work. Sort of. It say 'Do not disconnect' but is not recognised by iTunes or Finder. Here is a screen shot of the relavant part of Disk Utility:
It also seems quite hot, as the HD keeps starting, running for about 1.5 seconds and the stopping and starting again.