ipodminusitunes: Apple cuts us off
"So, it's finally happened. Unhappy with other media players being better than iTunes, Apple have apparently decided to stop them from working with the new range of iPods.
This affects Linux users - there's no iTunes for Linux, so popular Linux iPod management tools like gtkpod and Rockbox will not work with the new range of iPods."
Yeah... it's basically Apple saying to all Linux users who own iPods, "Okay, we never given you any help with compatibility in the past, but at least we never got in your way. No more of that. Now, you have to use iTunes if you want access to your iPod, and since there's no Linux version, sorry?"
By the way -- it also affects any Windows users who hated iTunes (and there are a lot) and tried to use another program to manage their iPod.