Ipod isn't recognized by the computer, and flashs white every 10 seconds

Well upon turning on my 5th generation 30gb ipod video, instead of showing its menu, all it does is flash white for less than second and then go turn black. Since then, it hasn't stopped. My ipod has basically become a broken strobe-light/paper weight.
With that said, yes I have tried restarting it, yes I tried again, yes I tried while plugged up to a power source, and no I can't restore it as it doesn't even show up on itunes anymore.
I'm assuming this thing has bit the dust, just as my last 3 ipods did as well. But if someone does have some sort of fix for this thing, please let me know.
Also, I ask of you guys to try to explain to me why I should keep on dropping 250 dollars on an ipod almost every year, as they seem to not be not holding up very well. I all ever do is use them on my cars stereo system, my 360, or my ps3, its not like I'm abusing them or anything. Its just normal use. 1000 dollars later, Sony's new Walkman and Microsofts Zune are really starting to look much more tempting as I have really lost faith in Apple with my time with them.

My 80GB iPod video 5th generation is doing something very similar.
Please see my post earlier today.
Hope there is an answer to the problem.
Mine is definitely not abused.
I let the battery go quite flat since my post and it did tell me that it had low battery, please wait, but now it is back to "tick, tick, peeoew".

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