Songbird’s developers are telling users to disable or uninstall the iPod support add-on, normally recommended and installed at first start-up, because it can erroneously delete music from your music device. It’s a pretty unfortunate setback for Songbird, which just shipped its lighter, faster 1.1 release, and had cleared up many of the nagging bugs and quirks that made its (unofficial) claim to being an iTunes killer seem far-fetched. If you found out the hard way that Songbird didn’t respect your iPod’s contents and don’t have the tracks backed up on your system, grab one of our recommended free software tools for recovering deleted files and point it at your iPod. The random-delete problems of Songbird’s iPod add-on will be tracked at this Bugzilla post, and we’ll update on this blog, of course, when it’s fixed. Thanks (but also sorry!) to Steven.