Hal III is dead. Long live Hal III.
There is no middle ground with memory and iPods at the moment, the jump goes from 60GB (which is too little) to 160GB (which is waaaaaay too much). As such I hit the nearest Apple Store and made an appointment with the Genius Bar with hopes of resuscitating Hal, because I am traveling and in transit and I bloody need all my music with me at all times.
They had some massive global infinite database which, when Hal's serial number was entered into, produced his date of purchase; 24 December 2006.
Five years old, okay, yeah, I guess we've had a good run.
He really was dead though, and I wasn't interested in spending heaps of money on a new shiny thing, so I then visited a second-hand dealer, and found a 120GB classic for significantly cheaper. Still money I wasn't intending on spending, but not a frivolous purchase I think.
Hal IV is all set up. Before syncing, 'Owner's iPod' indicated it had two songs stored upon it.