The "genius" suggested finding an online repair shop and so I checked it out. I can get my iPod fixed for $80, which includes shipping via UPS.
While I hate the thought of spending $80, when I recall the $480 I initially spent on the iPod (and extended Apple Care...for all the good it did me), it does seem like a decent investment. I was hoping to keep this iPod for quite sometime...like forever.
So. Sad news for my iPod, and sad news for my bank account.
Now, sad news for me...it's time to go to class again. Thankfully, tomorrow is a 12:30 start, so I can stay up tonight and watch the Idol premiere, and maybe a comfort movie or two. I hate when things break or go badly...it totally brings me down.