My ancient iPod has returned to the living. Just for grins I connected it to my computer and the recharging symbol showed up on the display and then froze. I disconnected and reconnected. No change. I was ready to give up on it.
Steph dinked around with it and hooked it back up again and the displayed showed it was charging. After a bit I tried it out and it played. And then I dropped it again and it still worked. Whoo-hoo!