I activated my 4S over WiFi.  I have never synced it with iTunes.  How do I sync it now without losing all of my content?

Itunes will have me erase my phone before I can sync it.  How do I keep from losing all of my content (apps, app configs, settings, accounts, notes, voice memos, pictures, songs etc.)  Do I need to use iCloud to back it up?  If so, I'd rather not spend money on more iCloud space.
Thanks.

So you've never synced with iTunes before? Or are you syncing to a new computer?
if the latter take a look at this doc http://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3141

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    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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