Are you tired of too many bloated updates for iTunes, (Reminds you too much of Windows?) yet you love your iPod? Well there are alternatives to iTunes that will let you continue to enjoy your iPod. For Windows only users, there's SharePod; for Windows, Mac, and Linux users there is YamiPod. Both applications claim to run off the iPod, so you can avoid installing it to your computer.
With a replacement for syncing your iPod, now you can explore other music and media players such as Songbird. Songbird is an open-source music player that feels a lot like iTunes, but offers a lot more flexibility.
If you are interested in other iPod utilities, try The 20 Best iPod Utilities from LifeHacker. Enjoy!