I have a car stereo that is sourced from wav files on an iPod. Since these CD quality files are so large compared to mp3s, size becomes an issue. I've been using an iPod Touch but I've wanted a iPod Classic because of its 160 GB hard drive. The last couple of days, with Apple's introduction of the new Touch, I get the feeling the the Classic is going away. It isn't in the email I got from Apple showing off the new iPod lineup. The iPod Classic is down to $228.99 on Amazon. Its design is old. My gut says it's history. Another issue is the 30 pin plug. My system requires it. Without going into details, let me just say the new iPhone plug wouldn't work for me. I imagine we will see it spread to new pieces from Apple. If I want to keep this car stereo for a while, I need a working iPod Classic or Touch, with the preferred piece the Classic. I'm thinking on buying a second Classic and keeping it on the shelf. It might come in handy in seven years when the first one breaks. So the question becomes, how do I store it? Do I: 1) Keep it sealed in the box, new? 2) Take it out, load up some music onto it, and play it for a couple of hundred hours? This would get me through any initial failures. It would also allow for the mechanism to break in and seat, and for any lubrication to work in. 3) If I do play it, should I pull it out a couple of times a year and spin it up for an hour or two? Mechanical systems like to be used and can go bad just sitting around. Should I keep the Classic limber? Any other considerations more than keeping it in a cool, dry place? What can I expect for the lifespan of a hard drive in storage? How would you store a hard drive?