iTunes replacement .

Hi all!

I recently bought an ipod, finally followed the crowd after my Archos died RIP, and was wondering what software people recommend i use with it?
Of course theres the obvious iTunes but i assume its going to be rubbish by default and with the latest spyware claims i would prefer to avoid it if i can. So which is the best replacement? My basic needs are i need to transfer all my existing mp3’s which are storied in folders by album which m3u playlists on to it, oh and it would be nice if it would automatically grab album covers off the web to if theres one that does that . . .