Well, I made progress.... maybe.

by grimgraphix - 12/17/12 5:48 PM

In Reply to: iPod Touch 4th gen - refuses to restore by grimgraphix

iTunes cycled through the restore mode, said it had successfully restored the software, then restarted the iPod, and now gives the message ...

iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode. You must restore this iPod before it can be used with iTunes.

sigh