Here is my proposed solution. Tell me if it will or will not work. 5G iPod has to be in hard disk mode. My external Maxtor 250 gb hard drive has both firewire and USB 2.0 connections. Connected to iMac G4 by firewire. It has a free usb 2 port. I copy my entire music library and whatever movies onto the maxtor via the firewire connection. Then, with the ipod in disk mode, I copy the songs/movies onto my ipod via the usb2 port? Hmmm, I already see the flaw here. I need iTunes right?....So, do I need a working copy of os x on my external drive and boot from there? Obviously I'll need an adapter to change the plug on the usb to accomodate the iPods usb cable.... Feel free to weigh in here at any time. Surely I can't be the only one disappointed by the disappearance of firewire.