I have an iPod photo without iPhoto (the new one that does this stuff) and it works just dandy..Although to be fair anyway, I rarely use the iPhoto I have. Don't like it too much.
iPod Photo 40Gb. Black iPod Classic 160Gb.
7836 songs, 49.66 Gb. 31 movies and many more TV shows, 32.4 GB. 13,809 Photos, 21GB.