I dislike the perceived requirement to buy into the whole Apple experience just to use my 8GB music player, and iTunes is the pinnacle of my dislike. I'm not going to get on my box about how inflated and overpowering the software is, because I don't need it. I don't buy music from Apple and I have a product that doesn't support video or Apps, i just want to put music onto my music player and have it do the job it was made for.
So I wanted to share an alternative called SharePod. Now I don't have any affiliation with SharePod or its author but if you too own an iPod for the purpose of playing music, then I recommend you download it and try it out. It's free, lightweight, and you don't even have to install it, it works straight off as an executable. I like the no nonsense way it instantly displays the music already on the device, and allows me to drag and drop my DRM-free mp3s onto it. You do still need your proprietary white cable though!