So iTunes apparently decided to crap out and destroy its own library.
What does it do? It crashes on loading its XML backup, overwrites it preventing me from reimporting it, and then proceeds to wipe my iPod clean.
Leaving me with absolutely no way to restore my playlists.
You'd think they could import the metadata from the iPod, but of course not. It just deletes everything.
Thanks a lot, Apple.
Thankfully Vista isn't useless, and it automatically backed up an old copy of my iTunes library. (Sadly the interface for this freezes every five seconds for a minute at a time, but hey, at least it works.)
So for once, Vista actually saved me from crappy Apple software. What is the world coming to?
Update: On further inspection, it turns out that Vista Ultimate isn't useless, as only Vista Ultimate and Vista Business have the Shadow Copy feature.
So if this happens to you on a Vista Home edition, you're screwed. On the other hand, if it happens on Mac OS X 10.5, you're safe, no matter what edition you use.
Shadow Copy should be standard. Oh well.