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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2008
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    So in the time I've had an iPod, I have discovered a few things that have opened its shiny doors to me in ways that have improved its usefulness exponentially. First, I noticed that if you format it for Windows, you can pull music off either Windows or Mac OS machines. It's a product of Apple's want/need to adopt Windows properties to stay competitive, so a Mac OS machine can read things formatted for Windows, whereas Microsoft doesn't have this drive, so they simply don't care. As an addendum to this, if you turn sync off completely and do everything manually, you can take music of any computer you want. I've noticed that when I try to give music to friends who have their 'Pods synced to their own computers, I can't give them music for some reason. This also enables me to 'steal' things bought on other people's iTunes accounts, including music, TV shows (with a $10 cable I can also hook the whole thing into any TV with RCA inputs), movies, etc.

    The thing that I realized recently that makes me laugh and sing at the same time is that the way Apple tries to keep people from taking music directly off the device is simply hidden directory folders. I'm not sure how this would work on a Mac, but on a Windows machine all you have to do is set the iPod for disk use in iTunes, then set folder settings to show hidden files and folders, then search through the directories (it really doesn't take long) and look for the folders that contain your music. After finding them, just set the folder to show tags (artist, album, etc) and start a-copying!

    The files will be randomly placed in some number of folders, so it's best to just copy them in bulk into one folder and work everything out from there. My laptop is running Vista (don't ask me why) and media organization is actually really easy with it (not a strong redeeming quality compared to the irritation and frustration that comes with trying to do just about anything else), so I just set it up that I would copy all the files and it would list them by artist, and now I've transferred an iPod's worth of music on to my computer.

    Fuck you, Steve Jobs; I fucking win.
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      CommentAuthorBen
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2008
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    This little number lets you see hidden folders on OSX. It does a lot more, but I've only really used it to rape my ipod.

    Yeah, the fact that they're randomized doesn't really do crap if you use iTunes. They still have their tags, so you just add them and sort out from there, or just refuse to give a shit and leave them unorganized in the folders but perfectly readable to you.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2008
     (936.3)
    or just refuse to give a shit and leave them unorganized in the folders but perfectly readable to you.


    Yeah, that's pretty much what I did.