I have an iMac G4 but I'm away with my PC laptop. What a delightful surprise to learn that because my iPod (older model) is Mac-formatted, I can't use it with my Windows laptop. I can do a restore which may not be possible because it's a shuffle and I'd lose everything on the iPod anyway. I really thought that once I got iTunes and the iPod software installed, using a USB cable would be just that. My iTunes library on my laptop is empty because I use my iMac for downloading. This just plain stinks! I'm stuck until I get back home which may be awhile. I'm very frustrated and disappointed. Is there no way around this you clever souls?