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Neil Brewitt
2004-01-02, 11:50
On 2/1/04 at 18:23, Dave Scott said:

>Just a thought - but seeing as people are talking about external drives
>/ servers etc wondering what it would take to use an iPod as the
>"source" of music.

I have managed this on my laptop. I own two macs - my desktop with all my
music on it, and a laptop which obviously has a limited hard drive capacity.
I like to sync my iPod with my desktop but don’t see why I shouldn’t share
my iPod music at work from iTunes on my laptop.

Eventually I figured out the way to do this is to make a directory full of
soft links on my laptop to the mounted iPod’s music files. Import these into
iTunes and it will miraculously read from the iPod (and use virtually no
space on your disk).

Something along the lines of

mkdir ~/Documents/pretend_music
lndir /Volumes/Neil\342\200\231s\ iPod/iPod_Control/Music/
~/Desktop/pretend_music/

...... then add that directory to your iTunes library. It will pick them all
up, chew on them for a long time, and afterwards work just as if they were
on your local drive. If you’ve directed iTunes to copy music to its own
database you can then delete the pretend_music folder.

I expect that slimserver will then pick these up too.

Neil.

Dave Scott
2004-01-02, 17:41
On 3 Jan 2004, at 2:50, Neil Brewitt wrote:

>
> On 2/1/04 at 18:23, Dave Scott said:
>
>> Just a thought - but seeing as people are talking about external
>> drives
>> / servers etc wondering what it would take to use an iPod as the
>> "source" of music.
>
> I have managed this on my laptop. I own two macs - my desktop with all
> my
> music on it, and a laptop which obviously has a limited hard drive
> capacity.
> I like to sync my iPod with my desktop but dont see why I shouldnt
> share
> my iPod music at work from iTunes on my laptop.
>
> Eventually I figured out the way to do this is to make a directory
> full of
> soft links on my laptop to the mounted iPods music files. Import
> these into
> iTunes and it will miraculously read from the iPod (and use virtually
> no
> space on your disk).
>
> Something along the lines of
>
> mkdir ~/Documents/pretend_music
> lndir /Volumes/Neil\342\200\231s\ iPod/iPod_Control/Music/
> ~/Desktop/pretend_music/
>
> ..... then add that directory to your iTunes library. It will pick
> them all
> up, chew on them for a long time, and afterwards work just as if they
> were
> on your local drive. If youve directed iTunes to copy music to its own
> database you can then delete the pretend_music folder.
>
> I expect that slimserver will then pick these up too.
>
> Neil.
>

Dave Scott
2004-01-03, 17:38
Ok those who are interested, here is a workable MAC solution:

1. Download 'Rip to Pod' script from "Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes"
(http://www.malcolmadams.com)
2. Using ScriptEditor insert the following lines: (after "if
good_to_go then" ... and before "tell me to activate | display
dialog "\"Rip to iPod\"" )

(using a directory called pod_music to store links)

display dialog "Re linking files to Hard Drive"
giving up after 1

do shell script "ln -fs /volumes/NAME OF IPOD/iPod_Control/Music/*/*
~/documents/pod_music/"
do shell script "rm -rf ~/documents/itunes/\"iTunes Music\"/*"

3. Assuming that your iTunes Library is set to default the "rm -rf"
command will clean out the album folders left behind by the script ..
the script deletes the tracks, but not the folders ....

4. Unless starting from scratch, you will need to manually link the
iPod tracks first off ... then use the script to add music to iPod /
links to iTunes

5. After adding music you will need to force iTunes to rescan library
.... unfortunately there appears to be no way to do this automatically
(if you do find a way people will rejoice ... ). Best way is to
<command> O, this will open the dialog box, then select all the
individual "tracks" (not the directory they are in), then click on
"Open". On a 1 Ghz Tibook 67 seconds to rescan 1208 tracks ...

6. I do notice some odd behavior with Fishbone .... I keep getting an
increment in the count of albums / songs etc every time I change
viewing options ... ie "Saved Playlists" / Browse Albums ...., however
when I update iTunes library this is reset back to correct value ...
(Maybe to do with the fact that even though I tell SlimpServer to use
iTunes, I still have a "entry" in the "use this directory" field ...
which I cannot delete, even though not using, as I get an error
message)

7. This solution works for me ..... might not for others ... MAC OSX
10.3.2, 1 GHZ Tibook, 768 meg of ram, 3rd Gen 30 gig iPod, Slimp3
Player, version 5.03 from 28 DEC 2003

8. Backups - it should be possible, using iTunes, to be able toburn
backup copies of music onto DVD .. approx 7 needed for a 30 gig iPod
.... yet to try

Cheers

Dave Scott