My iPod mini was having what seems to be a common problem of skipping all the songs purchased on iTMS. This is a 6gig iPod mini hooked up to a mac mini via USB 2. I tried every fix that I could find on the web, and even went to the genius bar with little success. Finally, I burned a few of the purchased songs onto an audio cd, and then re-imported them using generic mp3 files without the copyright junk attached (borderline legal, but its for personal use). Re-synced the iPod mini, and they worked! Very relieving to say the least, except that its more of a work-around rather than a fix. So...here's the big question. How do I get my iPod mini to recognize these protected songs and play them rather than just skipping over them. I obviously dont to want to burn/rip a cd every time I buy music (apple sure doesn't want me to do that either) and I would prefer some sort of clean iTunes fix rather than stripping the protection with third-party software (not much better than CD work-around). Hopefully this will help the other poor souls with this problem, and thanks in advance for any advice!