I have had no trouble with my ipod and I bought a refurbished one over a year and half ago
When you talk about accessories, that is your choice.
I have only bought 2 things, a case (which protects your ipod so it doesnt get scratched) and an itrip.
You dont need to buy all that other crap, its all a scam, especially those stereo units. I just use my computer speakers or my stereo system speakers and hook them up with an audio cord and you can buy a lot of knock of stuff off ebay for dirt cheap, like chargers for a dollar.
I think your problem has to do with your computer and that is why it won't work.
But for other ipods, if you treat it good, it will do the favour in return.
*knock on wood*
is it the same gen ipod as the one u got?
i still rock my 1st gen 20g ipod. It has been in a case since day 1. It is almost seven years old and still works pretty good. It gets tons of laughs cause its so big and bulky compared to the new ones. Only complaint i have now is the battery life is only a couple hours, so i just keep it in my car with its charger.