oh no. It does indeed sound like an unhappy iPod.
I wonder, was it exposed to a lot of heat or moisture? the storage drives inside are only so durable.
If the above link's instructions don't work out, I think the drive feeling kind of down. Maybe it's warranty time.
Damn Toshiba, why can't they make more reliable drives.
Thanks mate, but I already know its dead. I just need to know about sending a pod for repair that has some unlicensed music on it (about 30% of my music is unlicensed).