I just realized how awesome it is to ride with music, however my discman wasn't holding up to well against the vibrations of my bike so I decided to invest in an ipod. The day I bought it my computer got a virus and I had to backup all my files, so I though why not put all my music on my ipod and when I get my computer back I'll just put it back on my computer. Turns out Apple didn't design ipods for this....so I found a way to do so for all ipod owners out there interested, here ya go!
P.S - A ten year old kid found out how to do this.
1. Plug in the iPod.
2. If iTunes doesn’t launch automatically, launch it.
If the music library on your iPod is not linked to iTunes’ music library (as would be the case when you’re restoring your music library from your iPod to a fresh copy of iTunes installed on a reformatted drive), iTunes will ask if you’d like to replace the contents of the iPod with the contents of the iTunes library.
3. Select the iPod in iTunes’ Source list and click the icon of the iPod that appears at the bottom of the iTunes window.
4. Enable the Manually Manage Songs and Playlists option as well as the Enable Disk Use option (these options are found in the Music and General tabs of iTunes 4.7.x respectively). Click OK to dismiss the iPod Preferences window.
5. Double-click on the My Computer icon on the Desktop.
6. Locate your iPod in the window that appears and select it.
7. Choose Folder Options from the Tools menu in the My Computer window.
8. Click the View tab in the Folder Options window that appears.
9. Look for the Hidden Files and Folders entry. Below this entry enable the Show Hidden Files and Folders option and click Apply to reveal the hidden files.
10. Dismiss the Folder Options windows by clicking the OK button.
11. Double-click the iPod’s icon in the My Computer window
12. Move to the Finder and double-click on the iPod’s icon on the Desktop.
You’ll discover that several more items now appear in the iPod window. Among them is a folder called iPod_Control.
13. Double-click the iPod_Control folder.
Inside the iPod_Control folder you’ll find the Device, iTunes, and Music folders along with the iPodPrefs file.
14. Drag the Music folder to your Mac’s Desktop to copy it to your computer.
As the name implies, this is where music is stored on the iPod.
15. Return to iTunes and drag the Music folder you just copied to iTunes’ main window.
The songs you copied from the iPod will be added to iTunes. If you’re a tidy type, before copying those files to iTunes, open iTunes’ preferences, click the Advanced tab, and make sure the Keep iTunes Music Folder Organized and Copy File to iTunes Music Folder When Adding to Library options are enabled. Enabling these options will organize your iTunes library in the way iTunes prefers.