The latest news that Apple supposedly deletes all traces of your music without your consent or knowing has made me weary of downloading iTunes again. Even though my songs are stored in an external drive and I am not subscribed to Apple Music (a pre-requisite for said manner to occur, I suppose), I fear that connecting my external drive to a computer with iTunes installed with or without a subscription to Apple Music will automatically cause the program to "eat" my music library alive. It's basically a walking virus at this point. I want to know how to protect my library as well as my iPod. One thing I intend to do is make a backup of my library to a device where it writes once now and reads forever later, like a CD-R, preventing the iTunes app from accessing and deleting my library. There's a catch to this. A couple years ago, I lost the ability to run my DVD player as well as the ability to record DVDs and such, possibly due to iTunes. I don't know if this has been fixed. My DVD still works - it is connected and detected by my Windows XP, but as far as operation goes, I don't know. But what of my iPod? That's the bigger issue. What are the odds that iTunes will delete my music from my iPod too? I can't trust iTunes at this time. As a precaution, I'd like a good free alternative for transferring music from computer to iPod as well. What can I do to protect my library from undetected deletion, and what can I do to make sure my iPod Touch does not get hijacked? Last resort: should I jailbreak it?