...unless I've just started the machine, or have reebooted. I'f my mac has been on for a while, I plug in the usb cable & connect my ipod, my mac whirrs for a second, then no icon appears on my desktop or in itunes. Sometimes, if I leave it, I'll come back an hour or so later & it will have appeared, but 90% of the time the only way I can get the ipod seen & be allowed to add tracks is to reboot. Didn't there used to be something in os9 where you could force mount things? Or search for attached hardware & drives...?