Reformatting an iPod

I have an iPod whose content seems to have gone wonky.  Delete's fail, play-lists won't sync, etc... I wanted to start-over.  Unfortunately the iPod itself doesn't have any useful "reset" feature.  According to the interwebs you need Apple's iTunes application in order to reformat an iPod.  Alright, time to find another solution; and the winner is:

mkfs.vfat -F 32 -I -n "iPod Name" /dev/sdb1
A good old-school reformat. After reformatting and resetting [hold down select and play for 15 seconds] the device is back to its original state.

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