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Subject: RE: I.N.Q. #2. iTunes plugin: mostly useless, or totally useless?
From: Michael T. Kupietz, wearing a pointy hat (reginald_at_kupietz.com)
Date: 2004-05-26


At 9:57 AM -0400 5/25/04, Jonah, Jim wrote:
>You keep mentioning a plugin, so maybe I'm missing something here. What
>"plugin" are you using and what are you plugging it into?

I'm asking about the iTunes plugin, like it says in my subject line ;-) It
comes on the CD with the JBR or is downloadable from Archos' site
<http://www.archos.com/download/firmware/itunes_plugin.sit>... the plugin
lets you access files on the Archos' hard drive directly within iTunes,
although it seems really buggy, hence the question. It's a separate thing
from iTunes' (locally-stored) library - thanks anyway, though.

Mike

>
>http://www.trancesoftware.com/products/itunespublisher/ I've not used this,
>but it claims to export playlists as .m3u files.
>
>Hope this helps.
>
>Jim
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: rockbox-bounces_at_cool.haxx.se
>[mailto:rockbox-bounces_at_cool.haxx.se]On Behalf Of Michael T. Kupietz,
>wearing a pointy hat
>Sent: Monday, May 24, 2004 9:15 PM
>To: Rockbox development
>Subject: I.N.Q. #2. iTunes plugin: mostly useless, or totally useless?
>
>
>Does anyone know if there is a way to get the iTunes plugin to do anything
>useful with your Archos's mp3s, like adding songs to playlists, editing ID3
>tags, or renaming playlists once they're created?
>
>I have tried all of the above and discovered within a minute or two that
>the changes I made simply didn't happen. It acts like it did what you
>wanted, and when you look again you see that it didn't, everything is still
>like it was before you made your changes. I just discovered, after spending
>close to a half hour getting together all sorts of playlists on the Archos
>using the iTunes plugin, almost every playlist I had worked on was blank.
>Same thing with editing ID3 tags. I filled in the artist & album tags for a
>bunch of mp3s, then the next time I looked at them, the information I had
>spent several minutes typing in simply wasn't there.
>
>Once playlists are created, it won't let me rename them, either - I made a
>typo when creating one, and when I caught it a moment later and tried to
>correct it, the title immediately snapped back to how I had first typed it
>in, no matter what I tried to change it to. I tested this numerous times,
>it's not something having to do with filename length or unallowed
>characters.
>
>In addition to not moving or editing them in any way, the plugin also
>doesn't play or copy MP3s from the Archos' hard drive.
>
>Is there a point to this plugin? I've had the Archos for 3 days now and
>overall I'm extremely happy with it, but can I get an second opinion on
>this issue? Is trying to use the iTunes plugin to do anything that couldn't
>already be done in the Finder a total waste of time?
>
>Has anyone written a better plugin, that actually lets you work with the
>Archos' files & playlists in iTunes? The current one is a damn shame,
>because iTunes would be a natural choice for creating and adding songs to
>playlists and for editing ID3 tags. I had really hoped to avoid doing it
>all through the Archos' tiny interface.
>
>Or if you are aware of better software for editing my mp3 tags and managing
>my playlists on a Mac, please let me know. (As long as no one says,
>"Musicmatch". :-) )
>
>FWIW, I'm running OS X 10.3.3 on a 600 mHz dual-USB iBook.
>
>Thanks,
>Mike
>
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