Update. Did the repair thing on itunes new version in my programs, in control panel. Worked. Thank you guys for all your help.
New version definitely sucks. A bunch of shite appeared on my song list that I never had anything to do with, but were in the "cloud". Took me awhile to figure out how to get the status at the bottom to come back on shwoing how many songs, how many gigabytes, etc. I managed to figure out how to delete stupid pics that were on the pod from when I first installed itunes 3 years ago.
Now, I wonder if anyone knows how much memory can I store songs on my 80Gig IPod? I am trying to figure out where I can find out how much space I have available, the maximum limit, etc.