so i downloaded and installed itunes (8.01).
but iTunes didnot detect the iPod - though the iPod and its contents were visible as a removable drive in 'my computer'.
i uninstalled and reinstalled iTunes more than 4 times - without success.
the message i got (after the iTunes took about 5 minutes to load and show up) was that iTunes was not properly installed and needs to be reinstalled.
do i need to give more info?
please let me know.