About a month ago, my iPod was having some trouble connecting to my mac. I would plug it in... and nothing would happen. This would only happen occasionally however... about 25% of the time. I brought my iPod to an apple store, and the guy there replaced it. All was going well, until... I discovered my new iPod was having the same issue. I wasn't to concerned because it seemed to be happening less and less.... until the exact same thing happened with my mom's iPhone. Now I was getting worried. I knew it had to be a problem with my computer. So one day, when my iPod wasn't connecting I restarted the computer. As it was starting up, I heard the familliar "beep" of the iPod's connection sound. I looked over, and sure enough, my iPod was connected. So restarting my computer had fixed the issue. A few days later I came up with a hypothesis. The reason my iPod connected once I Restarted was because restarting killed all processes on my mac. So there must have been something happening that prohibited the connection of my iPod. So the next time my iPod wouldn't connect to the computer, I put my plan to action. I hit apple tab to see the list of open applications. Safari, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Autoupdate, and of course... finder. The two that caught my eye were Microsoft Word and Autoupdate. Was it possible that these two microsoft applications were prohibiting the connection of my iPod? I thought about this for a moment, and then decided the best way to figure it out would be to try it. I quit both applications. About 3 seconds later I heard the *beep* of my iPod connecting to the computer. So that's the story. Microsoft products on my mac somehow stopped my ipod from connecting. Weird. I am not sure if it's autoupdate or word that stops it from connecting, but I bet it's autoupdate because no one else I talked to had this problem, and almost everyone these days has Microsoft Word on their computer. So if this ever happens to you, now you know hwo to fix it. A simple fix, but weird. Thoughts, comments?