..Am I wrong? I've just tried to restore my 3rd Generation 40 GB Ipod on 27" iMac (running latest itunes and snow leopard). If I connect using one of several firewire cables I have, all that happens is that the ipod charges, it does not appear in iTunes or the Finder. If I connect via USB, it appears in iTunes and Finder but when I click on Restore i am told that this must be done by Firewire. So I'm stuck. I've tried four different FW ports (on four different macs) and got the same thing. I've also tried one of those USB and FW cables that allow you to charge the ipod (via FW) while you connect to the computer via USB. Still nothing. Does anyone know of a way to do this? I spoke to apple briefly who said that they thought data transfer by FW was dropped sometime in the Panther OS line. All help greatly appreciated.