it should work the same, when i plug in my ipod, itunes opens
on the top of the main page it says ipod, shows a picture of my ipod, gives it's name, capacity, software version, serial number and format
in a grey section in the middle of the page is information about software updates
in the bottom sections are options
i have checked "open itunes when ipod is connected" and "manually manage music and videos"
i can even drag some music and folders straight from files not in itunes, sometimes i'm told that the file must be imported from itunes, but after importing i can remove the file from itunes and it's still in my ipod until i remove, not matter how many times i connect or disconnect my ipod from itunes
i have a 3rd and 4th generation ipod, so they're are effectively the newest models, the fourth coming out at the same time as the itouch and iphone