Caitlin had "misplaced" her ipod for a long time and wanted to take it along on our summer vacation trip. She found it and plugged it in and charged it up with the wall wart. Everything worked fine. Until we tried to sync it up. Hmmmm, looks like it needs an update and itunes needs to be upgraded. Install itunes9, it sees the ipod, clicked to update and waited. And waited. Finally got an error code and look that up. The usual charge it up, connect disconnect, reload latest itunes and install, etc. Try again and wait. And wait. But now it is stuck at the apple fruit logo and won't do anything. And it made the clickey sound like it was accessing the drive but nothing. The update locked the drive in a loop.
Look up help on the internet. You are now the proud owner of a bricked ipod classic 80 gb.
This rots, to the core.
UPDATE: I was going to install itunes on my new "refurb" laptop that I just got. But it has Vista Business sp1. I think I am screwed again.