A 5G iPod requires:
Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires:
- Mac: OS X v10.6.8 or later
- PC: Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
- iTunes 10.7 or later7 (free download from www.itunes.com/download)
Snow Leopard was released over three years ago. It costs $20.
I don't consider budgeting an additional 50¢ a month for a much more capable operating system amounts to being "extremely ripped off" but to each his own.
Elsewhere: call the phone number in the Apple Online Store