how to get music of an ipod / view hidden files

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by javabear90, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. javabear90 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2003
    Houston, TX
    so I was bored tonight and was messing around in the terminal and discovered that I could access all of my iPod's music. I copied a few songs to make sure that they worked, (and of course they did) and thought "wouldn't that be cool if finder could do that?" So I made an applescript to do just that :D
    with the fowloing script:

    tell application "Finder" to quit
    set OnOff to do shell script "defaults read AppleShowAllFiles"
    if OnOff = "NO" or OnOff = "OFF" then
    set OnOff to "ON"
    set OnOff to "OFF"
    end if
    do shell script "defaults write AppleShowAllFiles " & OnOff
    tell application "Finder" to launch

    Finder can now see hidden files, then locate the /Volumes/ipod name/iPod_control/Music
    and whala!!!

    you can now do some cool things.... for all those people whose computer died and they had music on their ipod, they can now access it. For legal issues do not use this for transferring songs that are not yours :rolleyes:

    I will post screen shots

    Edit: Does anyone now how to make things un-hidden so I can alway view my ipod music so I can turn off the view hidden files (gets annoying)???

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  2. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2004
    Hamilton, Ontario (CANADA)
    I just checked and enabling invisible/hidden files also allows acess to your music from an ipod. This is a useful way to transfer your music without having to use one of those annoying shareware programs.
  3. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Does anybody know the reasoning behind how the music is organized on the iPod? I've used Cocktail to do the same thing before and the music is in a million numbered folders, each with no more than about 40 songs in seemingly random order. It makes it hard to find what you're looking for--though maybe that's the point.
  4. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    i have also found that very annoying. why on earth the ipod cannot store music in the same directory structure as it is in the computer's music library? that would make sence to me. it must be an effort to make copying music more annoying, i can see no other logic.
  5. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    Dont know the reasoning but I noticed it too. I accessed the iPod folders through terminal, and there were all those numbered folders. Making it impossible to do anything specific.

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