Hello everyone. I just registered and this is my first post. I have a question I haven't been able to research and find an answer for through searches, and was wondering if anyone is currently doing this? This will make or break whether I buy any other iPod aside from my Shuffle... I hate iTunes. The software is great, except for the programming. Throughout version 7.x iTunes has screwed itself up in my registry whenever I tried to update it to the point where I have to manually remove all registry entries and manually remove all iTunes files and reinstall again. I choose to blame Mac programmers writing for Windows platform. Basically, I enjoyed iTunes, couldn't understand why it took so much resources and ran so slow but cut it slack, until it became a constant hassle for me, and I'd prefer to be able to not use iTunes and instead use any other available software to add/remove music and stuff from a 2G Touch. I'll ask the Apple store if they can activate my touch when I buy it, or if I can use their computer to do that... With a new 2G touch, is there any software compatible other than iTunes to transfer everything to and from it? Anything for Linux? I don't care about firmware updates or jailbreaking currently, I would REALLY prefer to just NEVER install iTunes on my fresh Windows install and hopefully just be able to use my Linux partition as I'm gradually migrating entirely to Linux. So does anyone have a 2G Touch, completely iTunes free post activation? Anyone on Linux? Please Note: I don't want to hear anything about how iTunes "really isn't that bad/scary" because that's not the issue. I don't want software on my computer that's constantly running, whether I'm using it or not, and I really don't want something that keeps diarrhea-ing up my toilet of a registry that Windows still so desperately clings to. Ultimately, I'd like to own a 2G Touch that I can use simply with Windows and preferably Linux.