Originally Posted by falko
Yes, that's true.
Check your log files in /var/log. Hopefully you can find the cause of the problem there.
My bad, it turns out that Rhythmbox did let me copy tracks to the ipod- I just couldn't put them on a playlist.
Amarok seems to work - functionally you can do everything: play music, look through your library manage playlists on and off the ipod, but I hate the interface, as most of it is taken up by the playlist - also the KDE libraries make loading slow under gnome.
Thanks again, you are a saint for even talking to people like me!