I have owned the 30GB 5th gen (video) iPod for about a year and a half. Only got a case earlier this year, which I should have done earlier, I've dropped it a bunch of times and it has a small dent in the back but it still works. I have had a handful of problems too. Battery was not working for a while but was fixed (thanks to the warranty, my dad says he always gets an extended warranty and that it's always the kiss of death, making everything with a warranty break), and I still have this weird problem where random albums have their volume adjusted by %100 (so they're twice as loud) which is really annoying when you're drumming along to it on shuffle and your ears get blasted all of a sudden. I adjusted their volume back to normal in the song info but I still don't know what caused it in the first place.
"If you think you're more important than the drums, you've got another thing coming." -Tony Williams