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Itunes killed my ipod classic

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itunes recently killed two classic 160gb ipods I have within a week of each other when the new version of itunes (10?) was released.  I received at different times the following errors
"can't connect to drive f:\"  error 
"the ipod cannot by synched. The desk can not be read or written to"  error
"the ipod cannot by synched. An unknown error occured (-124)" error
"the ipod cannot by synched. The required folder cannot be found" error
"disconnect  retry  cancel" error
My ipod began skipping songs, it would no longer sync and itunes would freeze when the ipods were connected to my computer.
My ipod shows that it is synchronizing when it is not (I had to set it to manual sync to avoid other errors).   then itunes doesn't run or respond within windows.  I eject the ipod. nothing happens.  I have to physically disconnect the ipod without ejecting in itunes to get itunes to run.
I've reset the ipods.  I put them in Disk Mode. I've connected them to other computers that have itunes 10.  Nothing works.  Nothing.  I've read every discussion group, loaded every driver.  Prayed to every saint. 
I use an old itunes version (8.0.2.20) because I prefer it to the newer versions that don't have the    Genre     Artist     Album    list categories along the top of itunes.  After declining yet another update, my two ipod classic (160 gb) would no longer synchronize, producing the errors above.   At the iPod store on Chestnut St in SF, I get a sneer and a shrug, and I am told I can get my (out of warranty) iPods repaired for $179 each + $59 for the one whose battery died when I (tried but failed to) manually load overnight the music I lost.
Apple ate $600 of my products and 60+ hours of my time.  May I please just sell them back my classic ipods and buy different MP3 players?  Apple is my least favorite consumer company in my history of buying products of any kind. 
Has anyone experienced similar synchronization errors using windows or a Lenovo T500 or itunes 8.0.2.20 with classic 160gb ipods?   If so, would you please recommend a solution to solving my synchronization problems?    Thanks in advance. 

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rdf san francisco wrote:
My ipod shows that it is synchronizing when it is not (I had to set it to manual sync to avoid other errors). 
No such thing as "manual sync"! You either use Sync to synchronize your iPod with iTunes (look up synhronize - or synchronise in a dictionary) or you manually manage. If you have somehow managed to manually sync, that's probably why you're having problems.
rdf san francisco wrote:
 I eject the ipod. nothing happens.  I have to physically disconnect the ipod without ejecting in itunes to get itunes to run.
That's definitely not a good idea. If you physically disconnect an iPod (or other storage media) from your computer while the computer is talking to it, you will probably cause corrupted files on the iPod.
The best way to recover from "iPod won't eject" is to turn off the computer, then physically disconnect the iPod. (Once the computer is turned off, you know that it cannot be talking to the iPod.
rdf san francisco wrote:
I use an old itunes version (8.0.2.20) because I prefer it to the newer versions that don't have the    Genre     Artist     Album    list categories along the top of itunes. 
What?
That's simply not true!
Go (in iTunes) to and select View/Column Browser/Show Column Browser. If it is already showing or once you have it showing, go back into View/Column Browser and below the option to Hide Column Browser will be a menu for Artist, Album, Genre etc. Unfortunately, each one has to be selected one-at-a-time.
My advice to you is install the latest version of iTunes. Then try connecting your iPods to the new version and then get iTunes to check for and install the latest version of software (also known as the operating system or iOS) onto the iPod. Check each and every iPod. If iTunes tells you that the iPod needs a restore, make sure that's done with the latest iTunes.
If you are stuck at that point, post back into this thread again with precise information about what does or does not happen.
By the way - if you connect your iPod to a different iTunes, you run the risk of deleting everything off your iPod if you do not follow the prompts carefully. In addition, if that iTunes updates the operating system of the iPod, then almost certainly that iPod will no longer work with iTunes 8.