Floola is a multi-platform freeware replacement for Apple's iTunes software that offers features that iTunes does not make available at the time of writing.
Before you can use Floola you need to prepare your iPod and enable it to work as a portable hard drive. A good walkthrough of the different steps can be found on the official Apple website. When that is done you need to configure iTunes to manages songs and playlists manually.
Floola has some major advantages over iTunes - it is faster and more responsive, can copy music to and from the iPod and your computer, can be run right from the iPod to use it on any system you connect your iPod to,can fix certain defects, and enables you to search for files and duplicates.
The major disadvantage is of course the missing link to the iTunes music store, if you never use it - like I do - you won't miss it. If you have troubles using Floola download the user guide which explains the basic features thoroughly.
Update: The latest version of Floola supports all major operating systems including the most recent versions of Windows, Mac OS X and various Linux distributions. The feature set has been improved significantly ever since our initial review. Here is a short rundown of new features that are now supported by Floola:
Floola is still actively developed, the latest version has been released this year. You can download the latest version if the program from the official project website.
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