If you have problems managing your iPod or your Apple software has either crashed or proves a pain to use, then iPod Copier could be what you are looking for. iPod Copier manages the contents of your iPod, not only enabling you to transfer files but also as a one click tool for backing up it's contents. If you've got a lot of important information stored on your iPod then this is an essential task.
The program is designed to integrate fairly seamlessly with the iPod although you may experience a few glitches on the initial startup. At a glance, you can compare your iTunes library with the portable device and configure the program to synchronize and scheduling operations between the two. Backing up requires nothing more than providing a route to save the files although it would have been nice to have seen burning app included.
Overall, a handy and simple alternative way to manage and backup your iPod.