Actually, putting my ipod back into my computer...
I backed up all my iTunes purchases before my laptop died, but didn't realize that it wasn't backing up everything else on my ipod--all my cd's, the playlists etc. What I want to do is put the contents of my ipod back into iTunes and not load everything back in manually.
I notice that iTunes doesn't have this feature (well not if your computer is dead), but there are lots of programs out there that will. I also notice that the free versions limit the number of songs one can do without paying, and before I shell out the cash I would welcome any recommendations on what works well for a PC or Mac.
Don't tell me that iPods and iTunes are evil because in my mind they are what they are and there is no great injustice in their configuration, just a lot of inconvenience. I've decided that the road to hell is paved with attempts to understand why big companies do what they do when the short answer is: Because they can. People buy their stuff and their complaints aren't enough to hurt sales. I'm not feeling duped, just put out in terms of time.
Though looking at my little iPod mini, it seems so out of date. That is something evil about the whole thing--my coveting of new gadgets.