Hi all I have poured through this site (and many others) looking for a solution to this and beginning to think my iPod Touch is just bricked altogether. I am technically inept but will try my best to explain this (your patience is appreciated!) My iPod is jailbroken. I wanted to remove Cydia bc of the glitches it caused and how it drained my batter. I chose to reset (? or is it restore?) everything, wiping the iPod clean and restoring it to factory settings. A little while after the restore process began, I got that gawdawful black skull of death and it won't stop powering off/on and then alternating between skull and apple. I cannot turn it off through hard reset (I've tried to hard reset in the following ways: Holding home button, then holding top button, I've done this for a few mins at a time, no dice. Reverse order of that, still no dice. Both methods with iPod plugged into a power source (after had been charging for several hours) uninstalling and re-installing iTunes on three different computers, connecting iPod Touch to said pc's and attempting to do the two above methods. restarting computer, hooking up iPod and doing the above. restarting computer with iPod connected and doing the above. Draining the iPod and trying ALL of the above. No dice either way. I cannot get it out of that boot loop, it just won't power off. Is there anything I can do or is it toast? iTunes AND the computers I tried all of this on don't recognize the iPod Touch and I've tried it with three different USB cables. Mahalo!