I have had this on going issue FOREVER! And its not just that my backups were taking an hour or even hours... they were taking DAYS. Something was seriously wrong but I could never figure it out nor find the answer I was looking for on blogs and forums. I didn't want to disable/skip the backups, so those solutions never really worked for me. But this did!! It was like magic! I would have paid this person for this information... but luckily I didn't have to So since this seems to have worked wonders for me I thought I would share. 'Docking' or whoever you are.. I love you here is the link to the article I found. http://digg.com/apple/iTunes_and_iPhone_Slow_Backup_Fix and just in case anything ever happens to the link here is the post from the above address: "Go into iTunes Edit/Preferences the last tab sync disable auto sync for all iPod and iPhones. This does not fix it it is just the first step do not stop here. Next connect your iPhone to the computer. Once it shows up in iTunes go into the last tab Applications. Uncheck sync all apps. not Click apply. Now click sync. it will remove all the applications! After it is finished unplug the iPhone. I bet you will have at least one app still on the Iphone, maybe more. Hold any icon down until they jiggle. tap the x's and delete all the remaing apps. You may notice after you delete each app that a little spinning circle is next to your 3G icon on the top right hand side. Let it finish spinning before you delete the next app. Once you have deleted all the remaining apps (That had corrupt data that was causing your long back ups!) do a hard reset. To do this hold the sleep/wake button and the home button until the red slider appears at the top of the screen. Slide it over and the phone will power off. You will again notice the spinning circle. Once it finishes wait a few seconds and power the iPhone back on by pressing the sleep/wake button. While it is booting back up go into iTunes again turn the auto sync back on! Now connect the iPhone to the computer, let it backup and sync. I bet you a million dollars it goes so fast you want to cry or laugh. Now after it finishes go back to the applications tab. Click sync apps again, but make sure you have the 2nd circle checked. This box is sync selected apps. Make sure all the boxes are unchecked! Now slowly begin adding apps back to the iPhone. I have done as many as 5 at a time. Check the boxes then click apply, then sync. It will backup then add the applications and sync all other information. Someone try it and confirm to these people it works. I'm willing to put money on it! I have done it on both my iPhones and 4 others. Here is the kicker! DO NOT update or install apps from the phone! Only use iTunes to install and or update apps until they get the bug fixed!" I hope those who had my same problem comes across this post and it helps them as well.