But I couldn't come online to announce it since my laptop crashed on Friday, my birthday of all days. I lost quite a few files, but I'm mainly disappointed about possiibly losing 4 to 6GB of music in the process if I can't get some of it back off of my iPod. This time around, I bought a 160GB external hard drive for backup. I thought about getting the 1TB (1000GB) drive, but I don't need that much space for storing music and backing stuff up. For now, at least. Does anyone know of a way of getting music files off of an iPod using Windows and iTunes without resorting to 3rd party software? I have a program that would help me out, but I'd like to keep the new installation on my laptop clean and unclutered.