I held out for a really, really long time before I bought an iPod. I'd had Creative mp3 players and been satisfied with them. But, a series of misfortunes including, a house break-in, a basement flood, and one that just crapped out resulted in my recent purchase of an iPod.
I have to admit that I fell in love with the sexy exterior as soon as it arrived. I downloaded iTunes and started adding music from my library. I also loved the podcast feature and enjoyed several episodes of This American Life while on a recent road trip. My little love affair was going along swimmingly until 3 weeks ago when my laptop was infected with a virus.
I finally have my laptop back and have reinstalled iTunes. I plugged the iPod in and figured that I could transfer the files on the iPod back into iTunes. I was able to do this with my Creative players. But, apparently that is not the case with iTunes.
I'm already kicking myself for not backing up the iTunes library so don't bother with that suggestion. I've added more regular back ups to my list of new year's resolutions. I can't believe that some smarty pants hasn't already figured out a way to do this. I'm about to start researching. If you know how to do this with some 3rd party software let me know!