My son sent his iPod Shuffle through the wash in early December of 2009. I did the following after searching the internet: 1. Put the Shuffle into a container of rice (rice will absorb moisture) for 3 weeks. Connected it to the charge/sync cable. No response. 2. Left the Shuffle on my desk for 4 weeks. Did nothing with it. After 4 weeks I connected the Shuffle to its charging/sync cable. It started charging and Itunes recognized it. It seems it just needed a bunch of time to completely dry out. Your mileage may vary with this approach, since the Shuffle has no display.