i just got the damn thing and i'm almost ready to flush the thing down the toilet i do everything i should to load songs using itunes and no matter what i do i get the same error "unable to read-to or write-to ipod" yet it can access it and tell me how much free space there is. then out of the blue, it loaded about 500mb of songs. all i did was plug it in. then for the last few days i couldnt get itunes to remove the songs. it would go through the steps and show it as being erased, yet the indicator bar still showed that it was half full and it still had the songs on it. the only way i could get the songs off was to reset the ipod back to factory settings. it can reset but it cant "read or write" to? wtf now i can't get fucking music back on it, i get the same "cannot read-to or write-to ipod" i thought this was supposed to be so easy a 2 year old could do it? can't i just drag and drop music onto it like i can with my rca lyra, as in none of this bullshit itunes? anyone know how to fix the problem?