You should leave the iPod to charge (whether that be via a USB or wall adapter) for at least 30 minutes at minute before it may show any signs of life. Even then, sometimes a hard reset is still necessary after those 30 minutes. To do a hard reset, press and hold both the Select/Center and Menu buttons together long enough for the Apple logo to appear.
Sounds like a hardware issue then, in which case you'll need to take/send the iPod in for repair or replacement. Apple can do an out of warranty exchange for a flat fee or you can send it into a third party service to have them figure out what is wrong with it (such as a dead battery) and replace the faulty parts for a price a little less than what you would pay when going the Apple route.
Thanks for the advice.
What kind of third party service would you recommend? Any type of electronic repair shop?
And if I were to send it in to Apple would I just call and ask for an extended warrenty and then send it in to them via mail? I live in a medium sized city, I don't think there is any Apple outlets (only futureshop that sells apple).
slightly technologically challenged,