Cool idea for iTunes

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by WannabeSQ, Jan 1, 2003.

  1. WannabeSQ macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2002
    For people with iPods, and because apple is starting to take things off the processor like Quartz extreme. My idea is to let the iPod do the MP3 decoding when it is hooked up charging or updating. That would make iTunes use less processor cycles than it does now.

    Anyone think this would work?
  2. dricci macrumors 6502a

    Dec 15, 2001
    I doubt it'd be worth the effort to make something like that work. And you'd be draining your iPod battery down while it's charging.
  3. WannabeSQ thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2002
    how would it drain the battery if it is being powered by the FW port? Granted it might take longer to charge, but not drain the battery, there are plenty of hard drives that are powered just by the FW port. This wouldnt take too much power anyway, I think.
  4. mmoin macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2001
    I think that's a really good idea. I wonder if Apple has thought of this, seems like it would be a relatively simple software add-on.
  5. alex_ant macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2002
    All up in your bidness
    This seems like a good idea, although maybe not that big of a deal. It wouldn't take much work, either - all Apple would have to do is write a driver that bypasses the built-in audio and routes sound I/O through the iPod. Presumably, thanks to CoreAudio's supposed sophistication, it would be easy to switch between iPod sound processing and built-in sound processing on the fly via Sound Prefs. (I know you can do this with USB audio devices.)
  6. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Re: Cool idea for iTunes

    Where would it store the decoded music? On the hard drive?

    Even if you did, you'd end up using up more battery power as you'd fill up your cache faster as you loaded in raw uncompressed audio from the drive more often.

  7. WannabeSQ thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2002
    I think you may be missing my idea, I am talking about using the iPod as no more than an outboard sound card, but still route the audio through the main audio output from the computer. A sort of sub audo processor. Not to be used when the iPod is just playing its own music on the go.
  8. jholzner macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2002
    Champaign, IL
    Well, I don't have an iPod so all though the feature might be usefull I wouldn't gain sister would I guess...she has the original 5GB iPod. What I would LOVE to see in iTunes (something I think would make it complete) would be the ability to print labels directly from iTunes. It could automatically take the info for the songs from the play list. I hope they add's the feature I've been waiting for since iTunes 1.0 shipped.
  9. gopher macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2002
    Maryland, USA
    The problem with that is that Firewire syncing is still flakey as it is. I've had my Firewire drives spindown without notice and had to write this Applescript to prevent it:

    Mind you, this spindown is happening when Energy Saver is set to go off NEVER!
  10. Schlomo macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2002
    I thought it would be a great idea for customizable metadata in itunes. I have become anal about making sure that artist, album, rating, genre is filled in and accurate, but I think it would be great to have other fields like mood or occasion. I had, at one point used sub-genres, like "hot blues" "acoustic rock"or "Old Skool Hip-Hop" But i found that that results in too fragmented of a library, so I am changing them back, for the most part to rock, classical, jazz, blues, R&B, Hip-Hop, etc.

    any suggestions for succesful library management?

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