This is an informational thread on WHY and WHEN and WHERE you need LibUSB. So I've been reading a lot on the forums stuff like Etcetera. So... the tool everyone knows as iRecovery.exe REQUIRES LibUSB installed in order to detect your iPod/iPhone. If you're wondering why iTunes detects it, it's because iTunes is MADE for detecting the iPod. Apple has magic software in order to make that work. LibUSB just makes all your USB ports open and "detectable" to all programs on your computer. In other technical words, LibUSB provides a quick easy way to access USB devices in userspace without having to write a driver. (Thanks, Alaric!) In other words, there is NO TOOL that can boot up your iPod without LibUSB. (With the exception of a special few) Hope this clarified some things up.