Ipod Not Working - Battery Issue?

I have read some about the battery life of an Ipod not being that long. And you have to send it in to be replaced. Is that true? If so, how do you know when the issue is the battery and not something else.
I havea problem with my Ipod that is9 months old. It will not turn on. I tried to turn it on when it was plugged in to the AC, when it was plugged into the computer, and and when it was on battery power. Nothing. The little button to deactivate the touch pad was not on lock either.
Thoughts? I assume it's still under warranty and will likely try and return it.
Thanks in advance!
HP Pavilion   Windows XP  

Your iPod itself is probably screwed up, not the battery. If it was connected to power it would have turned on.

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