Lying Media Bastards

January 15, 2007


Anyone know anything about ipods? If you don’t, then the rest of this post will be a bunch of techy jargon, and you may as well skip it.

I purchased an ipod today to replace my dying non-ipod mp3 player, and unless there’s some trick to it, I’ve been misled as to its capabilities.

Previously, I could plug my old player into my computer, and view its contents just like it was an extra hard-drive. I could add and delete files the same way. I could then listen to those files by simply plugging in headphones and pressing ‘play’. The former aspect is important to me because that’s how I do my radio show. I view my song files and drag them into my laptop’s DJ software. And the latter is important if I want to listen to my songs while walking along, or driving in my car.

As I understand the ipod, it can do both of those things, but not simultaneously. If I want to be able to access the files hard drive style for my DJing, then the ipod won’t be able to recognize the songs and play them while I’m walking about. If I add the songs so that I can listen to them while walking about, itunes changes all of the filenames into gibberish; and while I could theoretically DJ in this fashion, I’d have no idea what song was what because they wouldn’t have recognizable names.

Can anyone save me?!?!

Posted by Jake on January 15, 2007 10:10 pm


  1. “As I understand the ipod, it can do both of those things, but not simultaneously.” You’ve got it pretty much right.

    Basically, you’ve gotta use iTunes for everything (well, there are 3rd party options, but I don’t know anything about them - iTunes works fine for me). You can’t just drag and drop files onto it and then listen to them, like you can with some mp3 players.

    Comment by pointfour — January 16, 2007 @ 1:42 am

  2. I too used a non-iPod for years but mine died a year back. pointfour’s right, use ITunes its user-friendly enough- drag and drop.

    Comment by Brian D — January 16, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

  3. If you rip your CDs in mp3 format and have them labeled/tagged/whatever it’s called you can see their names if you have your folder set to see details. There’s no way to control which one of the 50 files they get sent to though. It’s kinda dumb.

    Comment by cko — January 23, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

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