all summer, my ipod has been giving me the same problem. one day, i synced and i accidentally pulled out the itunes from the usb port, and now it's giving me all sorts of issues.
at first, it said "ipod can not be read into," so i restored it, etc, and every time i synced, itunes stopped working.
i tried doing something i read in a discussion board (it had to do with notepad and a windows batch file) and at first it seemed like it was working, but then... as i restored it (for literally the 15th time) itunes said it encountered an error, 1434 or something, and ipod could not be synced. i tried it again, and it started syncing but after waiting for a long time, and only syncing about 10 songs in 10 minutes, itunes popped up a message that said , *unknown error -53.*
I have that exact same problem and it's realllly annoying. I waited for a new version of itunes to install but now I get the (-53) error. I got this after I restored my ipod, so now I have 0 songs on it.. yayy...