I have all of my music stored on my external hard drive and on my ipod. However, wehn i take my laptop somplace, i obviously dont have my external but do have my ipod on me. What i used to do is just plug in mt ipod to my computer and run itunes from it. Why can this not be done when you have the ipod set up to synch to the computer? it is nice having play counts carry across and autoupdate. anyone know how to access the songs via itunes when the ipod is set up for synching?