As the Chicago Tribune notes, people like to complain. In this case, they like to complain about their iPods. Apparently it's becoming increasingly common for people to get that sad, frowny face on their iPods. I even turned mine in last week because the hard drive crashed. Thankfully, I received a new one right away.
I suppose Apple just shot itself in the foot. The iPod became a cultural phenomenon. The newest iteration of the iPod had to be rushed right out. Fine. But you can get something hardier and with better battery life with other products.
I guess that's what happens when you get to the top. There's no place to go but down.
(I got nothin')