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Subject: Wondering about Ipods

Wondering about Ipods

From: Andrew Hart <ahart_at_dim.uchile.cl>
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2006 19:00:58 -0400

I came across the following page which seems to suggest that in order
for the Apple firmware to be able to play anything, it must be
downloaded to the Ipod using Itunes. Looking at the contents of the
Ipod as an external drive, this page gives me the impression that the
Ipod firmware cannot see the FAT32 partition or, at the very least,
doesn't examine the directory structure at all. If ths is the case, I
imagine it could be using a database (somewhat like tag cache) but it
cannot see anything outside that database.

Here's the page URL:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61131

I'm just wondering if this could be part of the problem that folks have
reported whereby they cannot play any of the music loaded in for use
with Rockbox using the Apple firmware. Perhaps
this is already common knowledge. I didn't know about it and just
thought I'd share in case it is of use to anyone.

If this is how the Ipod works, then in order to make music visible to
the Ipod that wasn't loaded on using Itunes, you need a utility to add
all the knew files to the database. And this would open up a new
kettle of fish, because Itunes would then promptly resynch the Ipod to
the Itunes library the next time Itunes was run and this would wipe out
all the changes (unless you have manual playlist management selected).

Cheers,
Andrew.
Received on 2006-09-07


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