Also, I never used iTunes. I never bought into the whole Apple proprietary trap. Somehow they did it and got away with it (probably because they were 1st with a lot of these products and had the ability to market them so well). Can you imagine if PRS guitars could only be played with PRS cables/straps/strings and PRS amps? Would you ever consider buying PRS anything if that was true?
You're not really tied to iTunes. It's the standard, but I understand there are other apps that will manage your music on an iPod. And you're definitely not restricted to getting your music from the iTunes store. You can rip your own CDs and grab MP3s (and other formats) from anywhere.
"What do we want?" "Time machines!!!" "When do we want them?" "That's irrelevant!"