Very true Hunter, its the change from humid to arrid and back again that seems to cause the troubles with the ones in the galley. Funny thing is that few other MP3 players seem to have problems here, I have seen Sony Rios and a few other types and the only ones I hear of are the IPods, it may be simply because of the numbers of IPods here that they are so often heard about though and not because they are faulty. I would suggest the covers to keep static down as well as protect them from falls and impacts.
You still in NY Hunter? You were writing for a travel brochure right? Hope things are going well for you and you are enjoying yourself.