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Simon Turner
2004-09-21, 00:15
Welcome to the troublesome world of the Windows iPod!

Personally I use Ephod with my (Windows) iPod, however I find that the 40gb
hard disk means I hardly ever transfer songs to it.

You could try X-Play. This has an Explorer-integrated drag-and-drop
interface:
http://www.mediafour.com/products/xplay/

The only other alternative I could suggest would be Winamp with the iPod
plugin (see www.winamp.com), but this does not have anything like an
Explorer interface and probably has more in common with the unlovely
MusicMatch (except at first glance it appears to work correctly with large
libraries).

Your slow transfer rates sound like they could be problems with the Firewire
card. The iPod is very fussy about which card you use. Check Apple web site
for tested cards.

The best source for iPod related stuff (inc. help) is www.ipodlounge.com

Good luck.

Simon Turner
Brighton UK




> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com]On Behalf Of Jack Coates
> Sent: 21 September 2004 04:34
> To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
> Subject: [slim] OT?: help with itunes
>
>
> Hi,
>
> my wife bought an iPod and wants to listen to our music on it. I've
> installed iTunes on a Windows laptop and told it to use the Samba music
> share from my Linux server as its library. However, we have several
> problems:
>
> iTunes doesn't see updates to the library unless I manually go to File >
> Import Folder and find the location. Should I give it a local Library and
> just import folders she wants on a one by one basis?
>
> The "update iPod" option is greyed out; dragging and dropping songs or
> playlists onto the iPod sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. Is there a way
> to make it be predictable, or at least more communicative? The little grey
> window at the top with an apple in it will sometimes provide a status
> message, but the status messages seem to lag behind what's happening to
> the iPod by about a minute or two.
>
> iTunes sometimes hangs, with no indication of what it's doing, and is very
> slow to update songs (like about one a second or two, not good for >6000
> songs). Normal behavior? It's the only thing on this laptop, which is
> usually turned off -- she uses a Linux laptop for everything else. The
> laptop is a P4/2GHz with a gig of ram, XP with SP2 (firewall disabled).
>
> Please note, we both dislike the iTunes interface and have no interest in
> using it to manage the Slimserver library; I'm also pretty nervous about
> having it access Slimserver at all after the thing wiped her iPod empty
> (re-imaged the XP install after replacing a dead hard drive, so Apple
> decided we were lying thieves). That being said, is it safe to tell it to
> stop using the Samba share as a library?
>
> She bought the iPod for use with Audible audio books, which provides AAC
> format files and sticks the playlists into iTunes. This means iTunes
> probably isn't going away entirely, but is there an better way to get MP3
> music onto the device? I tried ephpod before the aforementioned disk
> failure, but it didn't seem to be any easier or more reliable than iTunes.
> Ideally we could just drag and drop files with a file manager like with
> any normal music player, but I've read that the iPod can't see or play
> files if you put them on that way?
>
> thanks for the tips,
> --
> Jack At Monkeynoodle.Org: It's A Scientific Venture...
> "Believe what you're told; there'd be chaos if everyone thought for
> themselves." -- Top Dog hotdog stand, Berkeley, CA
>