well i would say buy it. then u know it's not only safe, but actually works correctly. i too had an mp3 player that was cheap and stuff but it got stolen. anyways, having the benefits of being able to copy hard drive stuff on to it and putting it somewhere else is good. wish i coulda. the other stuff is good to. use any ipod, and transfer with no problems. i agree itunes is a bitch and it's expensive for music. but to answer ur question, i would suggest buying it. and the other part is u could probably find something related to it for free, but it would either be a trial or something that don't work, or something that would just **** up everything. so buy the safe one. be my suggestion.