Me personally I never experienced the "slow sync w/ backup" w/ 2.0, 2.0.1, or 2.02. on iTunes 7. My wife has, not me. I'm still on a jailbroken 2.0.2 and upgraded iTunes to 8. Now my syncs are really slow, and not just backup takes forever, but the sync does too. On my 2.0.2 jailbroken iPhone I have: 2 podcasts 10 pictures 2 apps 62 contacts 12 custom ringtones Thats it. Tonight I dl'd 1 podcast, the backup and sync took 30 mins. As soon as it finished, I did another sync, this one took 5 mins and most of the time it was "optimizing photos". WTF?