iPod-love's got you stuck with iTunes, but you'd prefer to cut down on the extra bloat iTunes requires on your hard drive? Here's how to install iTunes without QuickTime, Bonjour, or that pesky iTunesHelper.
Weblog gHacks points us toward a custom installer for iTunes 8 that installs iTunes only, leaving the bloat at the door. Since QuickTime is a requirement for playing media in iTunes, you'll still need to install QuickTime Alternative (one of our superior alternatives to crappy Windows software) and the QuickTime Alternative iTunes Compatability Add-on. (Note: The compatibility add-on claims to be for version 2.7 of QuickTime alternative, so you may want to stick with the 2.7 version instead of the current QuickTime Alternative 2.8.)
Before installing iTunes sans QuickTime and all the other bloat, you'll need to install each piece of software in this order: Install the lightweight QuickTime Alternative then the iTunes Compatibility Add-on, and finally, you're ready for iTunes on its own.
If your iPod is really the only component that keeps you tethered to iTunes, you've actually got plenty of options for adding music and movies to your iPod from any computer, including one of our favourite portable options, the previously mentioned Floola.
I had trouble getting this to work in my tests because my system already had a full iTunes install and I wasn't having much luck getting QuickTime proper to let go of my system, so if you give it a try, let's hear how it works for you in the comments.