Dec 13 2005
The cool thing with a Mac is that everything is easy to do. Except when you don’t want to do it the way the OS wants you to.
This is the case with my iPod. I ripped my CDs on my Linux desktop, and I copy my music on my iPod from it using gtkpod. Now, I’d occasionnally like to copy audio files on my iPod while I’m on the road, e.g. podcasts.
The problem is that iTunes wants to associate my iPod to it, which roughly means take complete control of it. And step 1 is to erase its content and start from scratch. I’d really like to be able to have the equivalent of gtkpod on the Mac.
I thought gnupod would do the trick for me. However, when I installed the podcast, it claimed it was there, but I still haven’t figured out where on my iPod!
hugo@Oompa-Loompa ~/src/gnupod-0.98.3% gnupod_search.pl -a Europe gnupod_search.pl Version 0.98.3 (C) Adrian Ulrich ID |ARTIST |ALBUM |TITLE ======================================================================================================== 1 |Europe1.fr |Europe 1 - Actualité et divertissement|Actualité et divertissement 13/12/2005 18H45
iPodDisk doesn’t see it more than I do, and a gnupod check seems pretty confident that everything is OK:
hugo@Oompa-Loompa ~/src/gnupod-0.98.3% gnupod_check.pl gnupod_check.pl Version 0.98.3 (C) Adrian Ulrich Pass 1: Checking Files in the GNUtunesDB.xml... Pass 2: Checking Files on the iPod... ..finished Total Playtime : 254 h Space used : 18.41 GB iPod files : 3449 GNUpod files : 3449 -> Everything is fine
Mr Podcast, where are you?
Update: It turns out that after all my investigation, I discovered that iTunes is happily showing all my songs and I can copy a PodCast happily. So what was that earlier message about associating my iPod with it then? I’m very confused. Or did gnupod or iPodDisk did something magical? Well, it seems to be working the way I wanted to, somehow.
Update 2:Yamipod seems like a good alternative to iTunes, and happily sees the content of my iPod. On top of it, it has a cool function to remove duplicated tracks (for some reason, I always end up with a fow duplicates, and I don’t quite know how.