Banshee is the prefer music player for my Ubuntu installations because of it’s functional and effective interface, tested and confirmed to work with my IPod first generation on a older laptop I was surprised to find that Banshee was unaware of my IPod when connected to my desktop. After researching the Banshee installation on my laptop I noticed one package was missing on my desktop installation. Podsleuth was the missing package and it’s job is to “discover detailed information about Apple iPod’s”.
All I needed was to install podsleuth using the Synaptic Package Manager. Why was the package missing in the first place I have no idea, but I hope this helps if your Banshee install fails to recognize or see your iPod.