That's horrible, if it really happened. Honestly I can't imagine one person having that much bad luck with a company who's customer service is considered the best in the business...surprising, that's all.
I've had my 3G 15GB iPod for close to three years now...and I'm getting a video in late february/early march for my birthday. Never had any problems with the 3G till now, the battery is lasting about an hour or less, sometimes it doesn't take a charge at all.
iPod 3G 15GB. [DECEASED] // iPod 5G 30GB Black. [DECEASED] // iPod 5G 30GB White. [DECEASED] // iPod Nano 2GB Silver. [DECEASED] // iPod Touch 16GB. [DECEASED] // iPod Classic 120GB Black. [DECEASED] // iPod Nano 4th Gen 16GB Black. [DECEASED] // iPod Touch 2nd Gen 32GB.