Got there in the end - downloaded the trial version , then had to update to version 2.3.6 , then had to download a registry modification because of a "This version of XPlay will not work with this model of ipod" message.
This is brilliant , just what I needed.Will recommend it whenever or if ever I'm asked.
I have never had Itunes on my computer,i only use Xplay. If you have any problems with it,you just email support and they answer very quick and are really helpful. Like every program ,save the registration number when you do buy it.