We're always blathering about buying this and buying that, but why not just fix the iPod you have? That's what Instructables shows you how to do using a folded-up business card. This mod is so easy, just getting the iPod open is the hardest part.
It seems that over time, a springy piece of foam inside the iPod gets too flattened for certain contacts to touch each other, but you can wedge a folded-up business card inside and get it snugged up and working again. The resourceful handyman who offers this trick says he's already gotten two left-for-dead iPods working in just a few minutes. Neat.
DIY Fix Broken iPod! [Instructables]