after a lot of work i finally got my ipod to mount in ubuntu. however it seems this beast has not yet been conquered. the ipod icon appears on my desktop, and i can get the device to show up in gtkpod and amarok...

however amarok and gtkpod don't show the music files that are already on my ipod. furthermore when i try to add anything, the mp3 doesn't show up on my ipod music list. for example i added nirvana - lithium via gtkpod. i closed gtkpod and then accessed the device via amarok. it showed that nirvana - lithium was on the ipod, yet no new tracks showed up on the ipod itself.