My 40GB iPod classic is still working. Bumping is bad. But we can put new drives in most pods. Example at http://www.ipodparts.com/ipodpartscenter5g.htm
The flat rate repair at 80 seems ok.
I currently have a bit of a problem, my 80gb Ipod broke. The apple store employee said that since it was hard-drive based, and contains moving parts, it must have got bumped around and is pretty much shot. He also said that it would cost about 150 dollars to fix. Frankly I do not wish to spend that much on a repair. I would rather buy a new player. He also said that they would give me 10% off of my next purchase and suggested a flash-drive based mp3 player, like the itouch. I like to have my videos and music in one place, so I want a decent amount of memory,and something bigger than the itouch. I am a little wary about buying another Ipod because I have had 3 break on me, 2 out of warranty. After I looked around, I came across the Zune. In your opinion which do you think is less likely to break a Zune, or an ipod classsic? Any answer will be greatly apreaciated.