I am installing iOS5 on the iPod. This is not an upgrade. So it does a full restore to factory settings. Right now we’re about 43% done restoring the music and videos. Next come the apps. I wasn’t expecting this. Normally I’d have finished syncing and restarted the machine into Ubuntu. I keep Windows on a very short leash as it likes to attract a lot of crapware.
Since Apple won’t support Linux as far as iTunes is concerned. I think I’ll look for an Android-based media player…maybe get a phone off eBay that works with Sprint.