Well after exhausting every option I have come to the conclusion that something has happend to the formating on my 30 GB video iPod. Over this last weekend I researched and tried every fix on the apple support site as well as some suggestions by others. Basically both iTunes and my Computer do not recognize it as a iPod. Every attempt to use the updater or to explore or open the iPod results in locking up my computer. It simply shows up as removable drive G:. The iPod plays as it should but I can no longer put anything on or take anything off the iPod. Even installing iTunes on another computer and then hooking up the iPod via USB has the same result. I am going to contact Best Buys geek squad but am sure it will have to be sent back to apple for repair. I did download and install a program on the iPod called sharepod which allows you to send songs from the ipod back to another source. It worked fine for a several weeks. The only other thing could be that I possibly picked up a virus from a downloaded song. WHo Knows. Thanks for everybodys help. I guess the bright side to this is I have 2883 songs on the iPod so I do have music to listen to.