I have been having (always have, actually) a lot of trouble connecting my ipod and getting it to be automatically detected and have itunes open up for transferring music/podcasts to my ipod.
Invariably, the ipod does not get detected in itunes, but only on My Computer. That is usually no good, because I would like the intelligence that itunes provides in determining where I left off on the podcasts on the ipod, and which ones are the new ones on itunes, etc.
And looking at the apple support articles they simply recommend restarting, reinstalling itunes, or some such drastic measure. No simple disconnect/reconnect or “scan again” type of options.
I have a friend who has a mac mini and he keeps repeating the phrase ‘it just works’ and I am wondering if apple has some inbuilt bugs planted into the Windows itunes product just so that people get frustrated enough to jump ship.