Well, I went out and bought a 20 GB iPod for my father for Xmas. However, I am VERY very disappointed. It was working great at first, I encoded some CDs for him and all was swell. Anyhow I then encoded our entire Lord of the Rings CD set and was going to transfer them to the iPod when I plugged in the iPod and the icon showed up on the desktop but the icon didn't show up on iTunes. Very strange I thought to myself, so I logged out, restarted, did everything conceivable but no luck: iTunes doesn't recognize it, but the Finder does. It has the latest software and I ahve the most recent version of iTunes and 10.2.3. I am VERY pissed off, especially becuase it worked well and then didn't, and I don't know what to do. This is a PC iPod, not a Mac one, so I'm not sure if that's a problem or not (although I remember reading an article here a little while ago about there being no side effect of having a PC iPod on your Mac) Anyhow, suggestions are welcome!!!!!