Hey, firstly my iPod is a 1G 32GB unjailbroken and for the last few months this problem has started. Basically if I delete a podcast on the iPod it still shows up as being on the iPod in iTunes but if I play it it comes up with the little '!' since it's not actually on the iPod anymore. Also, more annoyingly it transfers the same set of podcasts to my iPod and also resets all podcasts/videos to unwatched everytime I plug in my iPod into itunes. Sounds like sync is set on, but I can assure you it is not. Everything is set to manual as I HATE using the sync function and never have. I've had this Touch for years and never had this problem plus I've been using iPods/iTunes since the 1st gen brick firewire iPods came out, so I'm no n00b. Also, I've completely restored the iPod to factory settings and the installed the latest FW and setup as a new iPod (ie, not restored from backup) and the EXACT same thing happens. Every sync option in iTunes is disabled. Any ideas cause this is very frustrating.