what version of iTunes are you using?
what Operating System does your computer us.
You are right to not connect your iPod just yet as it will remove all the tracks from it if iTunes is empty.
Please help! I download all of my music from other websites, and not iTunes. Recently I opened iTunes up and everything was deleted! I'm afraid to plug my iPod into iTunes, because I don't want my music being erased thats on my iPod... PLEASE HELPP! I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DOO!!!