Slow motion screaming: Noooooooooooooooooo
reader_iam exits her cone of silence to send along this:
I sniff in empathy and solidarity with you! And XWL's well-documented anti-Apple stuff aside (I love him, but it's clear), he's silly about the every 18-month thing. We have something like five iPods of various types and vintages around here, not counting the iPhones and including one of Apple's earliest versions, and they are all*** working just fine. All but the iPhones are older than 18 months.
Take care, and I hope you're going shopping tonight,
***My husband did misplace a shuffle a year and a half back or so, but I assume that one is working just fine, wherever it is, except that it may need a charge!!! Heh.