Attempted an easy way to get the music on my venerable PC (and the host of the old iPod) to gromit the iBook.
Attempted several transfer programs, but all of them met with different mishaps.
iPod Viewer failed utterly. It wasn’t even able to read the track information off the old gadget.
Rob’s iPod Exporter failed to install. Though the fault seems to be in the packaging, not the program itself.
Ollie’s iPod Extractor failed with an unexplained dialog box about a too long argument list. Its newer version Broken Helix worked better, but the program slowed down after around 600 songs and ground to a halt at 630. No idea why, but a colleague’s idea about running the fsck-equivalent on the VFAT-filesystem would definitely be an idea worth considering.
Discouraged, put the new nano into good use and used it to shuttle a full load of songs between the computers. Here the Broken Helix worked perfectly.