A big warning and request for advice. First Itunes 6.0 killed my 40g third gen (firewire) ipod. It wouldn't eject properly and after I had to improperly disconnect it it would not mount. I thought the ipod had just failed so I got a new one. This 5th gen (USB) works fine. But then when I plugged my daughter's 15g 3rd gen in it killed that one the same way! Now I know something is really messed up here. Same problem as described - just an apple face but hd doesn't mount and ipod will not show up on desktop or firewire bus so there is no way to restore it. Tried hard reset many times and switching in and out of disk mode. When its on you can hear it trying to mount its HD and failing. I went to MacForum and found many people are having the same problem on both PC and MAC. 4th gen ipods as well. Maybe its a problem with Itunes 6.0 and Firewire? Seems almost like Apple is trying to kill off the old ipods to make folks buy new ones. And hey, I have always liked Apple, I am not a conspiracy theorist. Any ideas?