iPod through iBook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by iSpud, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    I currently have my iPod hooked up to my stereo via the dock line-out. I also have the docked hooked up to my iBook. I was wondering if I could control my iPod through my computer while it is hooked up this way using iTunes or another program.

    The reason I don't have my stereo hooked to my stereo through the headphones is because of the decrease in sound quality. (If anyone was wondering)


  2. macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cape Cod
    There is no way to control the iPod through your iBook, but I do not know about iBook>Dock>Stero, you'd have to ask someone who had a Dock. (as my iPod did not come with a Dock :( )

    You could also consider getting and AirPort Express; quite spiffy imho.
  3. macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    iBooks are portable. Why not try to do it and then tell us if it worked.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2003
    London, Ontario
    Why not just hook the stereo directly into the iBook vs. the iPod? Same exact end result, but one less thing to worry about..

    And as far as ive seen, ive been able to use my iPod as a firewire drive and play the tunes that way, but the sound still comes through the iBook not the iPod. Maybe someone else has done this, but as far as im concerned, its not possible.
  5. Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
    I think he means use the ibook as a remote control for the ipod, this theoretically could be possible because the firewire port is just a data input source, many of the new car stereo's with ipod 'interfaces' just send the play/pause, vol +/-, Next/Prev commands via the dock connector.

    I dont think anyone has written software to do this but i will have a look around.

    would it not be eaiser to invest in one of those little infra-red solutions???
  6. macrumors 68040


    Now heres a challenge someone should make an iPod controlling program so you can control the iPod through a computer using Firewire.:) That would be sweet;)
  7. macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2003
    Denver, CO
    i know you can play the iPod through the computer. . . where the iPod is esentialy an external drive and you play the songs off of it through the computer. if you do not like the decrease in sound quality through the headphone port of your computer get a griffin iMic http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/imic/ just plug it in to your USB port then use then connect the line out from there into your stereo. i have used one for a couple years now and thing it works very well. even my audiophile friend agrees that the quality is better than through the headphone jack.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2003
    PodWorks will do what you want. The license also allows you to put a copy of it on your iPod, and yes, you can play tracks off your iPod through FireWire, no audio plug necessary.

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