Most users would probably agree that Apple's iTunes software is not a lightweight application. To the contrary. The application is huge and some will see it as an overkill if you only want to transfer music from and to an iPod. That's where iTunes software alternatives come into play.
Froddle Pod is such an iTunes alternative. It certainly is not as feature rich as iTunes but it provides access to the main features that iPod owners need: It can copy music and videos from and to an iPod which is definitely the main feature that any iTunes alternative should support.
The software can also backup and restore all data that is stored on an iPod. Another feature is music normalization for all or selected music on the iPod. It is currently unclear if it supports album art.
Supported are the following iPod models currently: iPod Nano (all), iPod Mini (all), iPod Classic (3rd to 6th generation). No support for the Apple iPhone or iPod Touch yet.
The software did check for and download the Microsoft Visual J# Distributable which takes up 80 Megabytes of space on the hard drive.
Update: The Froddle Pod website is no longer available on the Internet, and the program itself seems to have been taken off of the Internet as well. I'd suggest you use an alternative such as Media Monkey which is available as a free and paid version.
The program ships with everything that you may need, including full iPhone, iOS and iTunes compatibility. Any version of MediaMonkey can sync with any iPod, iPad or iPhone. The media management features are excellent and go beyond what iTunes is offering. You can for instance use Media Monkey to identify tracks. Other features include synchronizing and backing up Android and iOS devices with your music library, recording and converting music, and burning audio CDs.
If you still want to, you can download the latest version of Froddle Pod from third-party download sites such as Softpedia.
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