In an effort to try to solve my 2.5-3 hour backup situation, I removed a ton of apps from my iTunes checklist. I physically removed each one from the phone also. I plug it in to sync and it's removing the apps again! Why? They were deleted from the phone. Each app iTunes thinks its removing takes about 10 minutes to remove. I don't know if my problem is based on iTunes or the iPhone. I called AppleCare and the guy never heard of the LONG backup issue. Does this sound like an iPhone or iTunes issue? I've restored before already.