But this sounds as if no one told you about the MTP and MSC "modes" of such players. I know the manuals for such things are small to non-existent and some won't use iTunes so those will wonder how to use the iPods.
I see nothing amiss with your experience. It would be what happens when you plugged in almost any player to any PC.
No matter what I do, or what kind of mp3 player I connect to my Windows xp Pro computer or which usb2 hub I use, they all show up as another Hard drive and wont allow music transfer of any kind, by any means. I've had no luck with a brand new 8Gig ipod nano and no luck with smaller cheaper 1Gig Element flash type players. I returned the ipod but when the Element player was connected to another machine, transfer was accomplished eaisly. What could be the hicup in my system's get-along?