The iPod used to work with the official addon till ubuntu 9.04 but the iPod fails to be detected on ubuntu 9.10.
I was also frustrated since the evening. But, I got a simple solution.
1) Make sure that your iPod is disconnected and Songbird is not open. 2) Open terminal and type "killall -9 nautilus" (without quotes). 3) Connect the iPod and wait for few seconds (10 or 15 seconds). 4) Press "Alt+F2" and type "nautilus" (without quotes) and press enter. 5) Open Songbird.
This should work….!