So... I wanted to reset my ipod touch before giving it to my kids, so I used the reset function in the settings menu to wipe it. But after waiting a while I found the ipod showing the 'connect cable to itunes' picture, however the device was not detected by itunes although it was plugged in (and I tried a second cable, and a second mac, just to make sure). So I manually put the device into DFU mode using the home and power button, and now the device is showing a blank screen and is as lifeless as can be. But it is still not detected by itunes, so I cannot ask itunes to restore the software. Has the ipod gone? Is it fit only to be buried? Itunes is up to date, and I have tried on another machine as well, and have tried a spare cable. If anyone has had a similar issue and figured out a solution I'd be very grateful!