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Apple's iTunes software is a big application and if you only want to transfer music to an iPod you can use a free lightweight alternative like Froddle Pod which has all the basic features iTunes has, like copying music and videos, convert wave files to mp3s, rip audio CD's to mp3, music normalization, backup and restore your iPod, format your iPod and so on.

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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.