Re: Alternative to iTunes?
there are ways to make your ipod drag and drop,
rockbox.org is one firmware you can use (completely different interface, but i like it much much better than the original ipod firmware, OTG playlist, many file formats, etc.)
and maybe ipod linux has something too, but i'm not sure.
If you want your ipod how it is, then the above posts are much more helpful than this one.
Computer noob in training.