Wife & I have an 8GB iPod Nano ... which works fine both in the home stereo
& in the car.

But, the iTunes & related software on her XP laptop are a major pain. They
are usually top of the list on memory consumption & always want to phone
home to mother ship Apple Inc, ... which I do not like any software package
to do unless I intentionally set it up to do so.

So ... my question is, what do you all recommend as a replacement for iTunes
on Windows? On Linux?