Gen 3 ipod touch isn't being recognized in iTunes. Apple Mobile Device Service cannot be started on Local Computer. Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control requst in a timely fashion. Windows 8. Recently replaced router.
Have you looked at the AMDS topic of:
iOS: Device not recognized in iTunes for Windows
I would start with:
Removing and reinstalling iTunes, QuickTime, and other software components for Windows Vista or Windows 7
Uninstall and reinstall seemed to work. Haven't tried to sync Gen 3 ipod, but worked for older ipod.
Retrieving data ...