First post here...sadly it's a technical problem. My iPod (3rd Generation, 30 GB) all of a sudden refuses to mount to my desktop. If iTunes is open, I get the dreaded Beachball of Death, and the only cure is to either hard restart or remove the iPod from the cable, prompting the Device Removal error message (although the iPod never gets mounted on the screen in the first place). When I look at the iPod screen, it starts off okay (I don't autosync, so I have the "Do not remove" message on the screen). When the beachball is going, the iPod screen is also frozen. The only thing I can think of is that it might be because I occasionally sync with another computer as well, but I'm pretty sure I have the same updates on both.