I can't say for certain that it's NOT possible to do with WMP, there might be a way of doing it by turning the Nano to Mass Storage mode, and syncing music into the music folder on it, but I've never tried.
If you get an iPod of any kind though, the simplest way is definitely through iTunes. You don't just copy and paste music to it like you do for other players, you just select inside of iTunes which music you want to have on the iPod, then you plug it in, and it will automatically sync as much as will fit on the device (unless you've disabled auto sync). You can also opt to manually manage music, but you still use iTunes, but it's more of a drag and drop approach, rather than auto syncing.
I've also heard that several people use WinAmp to sync their iPods instead of iTunes, but I've never used it myself.
As much as I love my Nano, if you're more inclined to use WMP, especially if your library's already been set up in WMP, you'd probably be better off with a different type of MP3 player.
With my last MP3 player I have been able to copy and paste music from my My Music folder to the player. I do not use Windows media player sync system.
I am thinking of buying the new Ipod Nano but I am concerned that I will only be able to upload music via Itunes and auto sync.
1. Can music be transfered by copy, paste or will it automtaically search for Itunes and autosync?
2. I've downloaded Itunes and prefer Windows Media Player. If I remove Itunes can I still upload music to the Ipod Nano?
3. If I buy a 4GB and my music on my computer is currently over 8 GB how can I choose which albums I want to sync to the Ipod or will it automatically try and sync all the albums until its full
4. If I plug the nano into another computer that has itunes will it automatically sync their music to my ipod or will I be given a choice if I want to sync or not?
My MP3 is for gym use so only looking for 4GB. I am also considering the Sansa E260 and the Creative Zen Plus.
I am only going to use the player for music (not radio, video or photos). Just need a easy navigation system, good audio and battery life is important!