Did it have a screen-lock passcode set? If yet then he can't make a backup becouse when you connect a password protected iPod to a computer for the first time iTunes will ask you to enter the ipasscode before iTunes can access the iPod.
"If an iOS device is protected with a passcode, iTunes prompts you to enter the passcode when you connect to your computer. Once you successfully enter the passcode, iTunes will recognize that device as authorized and you will not need your passcode to back up or sync.:
If no passcode he still would not have Apple ID password.