Keep the firmware up to date
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Updating firwmware on my iPod nano stopped the ratings working. So I downgraded firmware and it worked again. My preference is: if something works, don't mess with it!!!
...it would be great. But, like M$'s updates, Apple's are often more for the cosmetics than functionality, and/or they break more than they fix, as mentioned above. Several people I know (ok, two) tried upgrading to v4 software and very quickly reverted to 3.whatever they had before, because the phone suddenly became unusably slow... not so easy if you haven't made a recent backup. Be warned! Like with all major (or minor) upgrades, TAKE A COMPLETE BACKUP FIRST!
There is a downside to "keeping up to date". Several of Apple's verion updates have broken syncing with MS Outlook to the point of altering times/dates of appointments in Outlook. Apple's QA seems very sloppy. Check the Apple forums for details if you would like them ....
You are probably one of the few using Win XP 64-bit and iTunes. Unfortunately good luck in finding anything else. I don't think Apple even allows third party apps to replace iTunes. Best thing to do is [assuming you're keeping Win XP 64-bit] is maybe run a compatible OS in a VM and sync from there.