So, just after writing the previous post, I undocked my iPod from the Mac and proceeded to walk out of my office with it and some other things.
I placed it in my black computer bag.
A few minutes later, I stuck my cellphone into the same bag, and noticed an eery white light.
The iPod was all lit up.
Huh I thought...
wasn't it sleeping and locked? Hmmm
I tried turning it off (well, to sleep) and no luck.
So, I replaced it in the bag and carted all of my stuff to the car for the drive to Cambridge.
Somewhere around Stamford, CT I pulled over for gas and decided to look again at the iPod. Sure enough, it was still all lit up and stuff, no disk sound, nothing going on, no response to the various control-wheel options I've used before to kick start an iPod.
On arrival at the hotel in Cambridge, I pulled it out again and, oh joy, it wasn't on anymore. So I tried to turn it on.
The black apple comes up, there's some clicking sounds, and then it shuts off. Clicking is not a sound I want to hear from any hard drive, let alone my iPod.
I will borrow Alister's charger in the morning and see if it's just a battery drained issue, but the clicking is a troubling sound that hasn't occurred in the past when the battery was merely drained.
argh. I say, argh.
Luckily I brought the Sirius Sportster I'd bought earlier this year and spent the drive listening to a mix of 80s tracks and trance/dance/techno.