Here's exactly what happens. (This began 2 days ago when I opened iTunes and a message popped up saying that new software for my iPod was available, so I agreed to the update.)
I plug my iPod into my computer, iTunes will pop up with a message saying "ITunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode. You must restore this iPod before it can be used with iTunes."
I click the button that says "Restore iPod" a message pops up asking "Are you sure you want to restore this iPod to factory settings..." and I click "Restore and Update." The software download begins, and iTunes will say "Ipod Recovery Mode. Itunes is currently downloading software for the iPod "iPod". When it is finished downloading, iTunes says "Your iPod software is up to date. Itunes will check for an update again on 3/9/2013."
And this is where I'm stuck. Although the download is finished, my iPod is still in recovery mode. When I click on "Restore iPod", iTunes starts downloading the software update again even though it is already downloaded.
Restore loop (being prompted to restore again after a restore successfully completes)
Troubleshoot your USB connection. If the issue persists, out-of-date or incorrectly configured third-party security software may be causing this issue. Please follow Troubleshooting security software issues. .
- Next try placing in DFU mode and then restoring.
- Next try the manual install method of:
Place the iPod in recovery mode after the firmware download is complete and then restore using the instructions in the article. Sometimes recovery mode timeouts and returns to disabled before the firmware download is complete.
- Then try on another computer
Last, make an appointment at the Genius Bar of an Apple store.