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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Extracting Music off the Ipod

I tried to get XiaoQin to switch from her ipod to using her Android phone as an MP3 player. The big bonus here is that she can delete tracks she doesn't like from the phone, while the ipod interface for that is pretty clunky, if it exists at all. (It didn't exist in the old ipods I had)

It turns out that this is actually non-trivial, since Apple purposely makes it hard. If you do an appropriate Google search you'll come up with a bunch of solutions, but many of them are badly written programs. Some crash, some don't handle unicode, and some don't even understand how to do de-duplication. The solution is Sharepod. This is the best of the lot and runs smoothly without issues.


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