Ok, here is the deal: I have a 80 GB Macbook Pro and I'm always struggling for free space. I have, however, a 30 GB music library in it. I don't listen to all the music but I can't get myself to delete any as well. This Christmas I'll get myself a 80GB iPod and I'm thinking that with all that new space I could essentially transport my iTunes library to it and always play music from it. That would free 30 GB right away! But how can I do this? Preferably I would like for the iTunes to recognize the songs on the iPod as it does now from the MBP HD, complete with playlists, ratings, artwork, etc... including my subscribed podcasts. I know that by doing this I carry the risk of loosing it all if my iPod gets lost/stolen, but I have a desktop PC that serves mainly as back-up and I can keep a copy of all my music there as well. I read that I could make the iTunes target folder a alias, but wouldn't that mess everything up if my iPod is not connected? I would appreciate any tips you could give me. Thank you in advance.