He's happy he doesn't have to go through all the hassle and expense of getting a new player. Then, just before we hung up, he said he'd return the silica to me to hang onto until the next time he needs it. I hope he was joking!
In honor of the excellent news, here's some Donald-approved music. (I'm pretty sure he "borrowed" my Ramones Greatest Hits CD and burned it onto his hard drive:)