Restore ipod mini freezes itunes and doesn't restore

I can't manage any music on my ipod mini with itunes. So I decided to try the restore...Everything goes smoothly until I get to the progress bar where itunes is "restoring" my ipod. After an hour of waiting and the bar sitting at about a millimeter completed I close itunes. I've also updated, and reinstalled itunes many times. My music is still on my ipod and it still charges and works perfectly except when I want to manage my music. Please help :P

Try:
- Reset the iOS device. Nothing will be lost
Reset iOS device: Hold down the On/Off button and the Home button at the same time for at
least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.
- Reset all settings      
Go to Settings > General > Reset and tap Reset All Settings.
All your preferences and settings are reset. Information (such as contacts and calendars) and media (such as songs and videos) aren’t affected.
- Restore from backup. See:                                 
iOS: How to back up                                                                
- Restore to factory settings/new iOS device.             
If still problem, make an appointment at the Genius Bar of an Apple store since it appears you have a hardware problem.
  Apple Retail Store - Genius Bar              

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