The problem came when I went to sync with my iPod because iTunes says that my iPod is synced with a different iTunes (from before I reformatted) and it wants to erase my iPod and start over. However, all my ratings and playlists and play counts are on the iPod, and I want to get them back into iTunes on my computer.
I can't seem to find a free way to do that. There are some 3rd party programs that claim to be able to, but the cheapest is $20 and that seems kind of steep when all I want to do is avoid having to re-rate my music.. and preserve my play counts.
Someone else has to have had this happen to them before. There must be an alternative I'm missing! :)