No, I don't need help (despite the title of this forum), I'm just posting to thank the developers and supporters of MediaMonkey for making such an excellent product.
Up until recently I used iTunes, but when that ran into its upper boundaries on performance versus size, and I started using digital music in a heterogeneous environment (moved from just an iPod to Sonos for the house and an iPod for "on the move") it rapidly became obvious I needed a relpacement management program.
Enter MediaMonkey - what an excellent program: powerful, intuitive, performant, it also exposes the level of detail that iTunes so desperately attempts to hide. I can't praise it enough.
In closing I'd like to say that MM is worth a great deal more than the price of a "Gold" license, and I can't really understand how or why the free version is so feature-laden. I'd encourage anyone using the free version on a regular basis to upgrade, if only to say thank you to the developers.
p.s. I haven't actually tried synching the iPod with MM yet, so maybe I'll have a sudden change of heart