Hi, I am new to the forum. To date I have avoided using apple products as I find the itunes software limiting, complicated and primitive. However, my brother disagrees. He saya I can keep his 2009 ipod160 if I can get it working..... I am using Windows 7/ Itunes 2.0.4/ Ipod 160 classic. I can only get the ipod recognised by itunes if I put the ipod it into disk mode, re-format/wipe the memory. Each time itunes recognises the ipod it says it is corrupted so through itunes it suggests I restore it which i do...then sync...then all songs are on the ipod successfully. That done, playback of tunes on the ipod stays at 0.00 or skips 5 or 6 tracks and stays at 0.00...sporadically it does play. The ipod shows no signs of a fault until it won't play. I have several times gone through this process / deleted itunes and downloaded again several times. Listening to the ipod I hear a healthy hard drive sound - like a flea's hair-dryer constant, then a slight interruption to it when it is performing a new task. When I press play there is that brief 'laser' sound which I understand is characteristic of the ipod160 in good working order. I'll bring it into the local ipod man today but if anyone is in the mood for suggesting some other action I can take (other than throw it in the bin) I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you Darragh.