So late last night I bought an album off the iTunes music store and hooked up my iPod to sync it across to listen to in the morning on the way to work. For no adequately explained reason it proceeded to hang transfering the first song, spinning beachball of death and all that. After pulling it out of the dock and manually resetting it I tried again, and iTunes informed me that I needed to do a hard reset in the iPod Update application. I tried that, and it gave me the beachball again. Now it refuses to even mount the iPod.
Oddly enough, it still plays music just fine, although anything that tries to write to it is just totally hosed. This will no doubt get more and more annoying as time goes on.
Anyone got any ideas before I cave and buy a new one?