iPod - Did any one notice?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by munchmime, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. munchmime macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2003
    Taking music from iPod to another computer.

    I often wondered if it could be done without 3rd party software, but never tried it until recently. I also don't remember ever seeing posts on this before, though I could be wrong.

    enable disk mode, open your music folder, drag mp3 to ipod (not using itunes), disconnect iPod, go to another computer.

    I have always have it in disk mode. I went into my Music Folder, clicked on an mp3, dragged it to my ipod, dropped it, and went to my father in-laws. Connected my iPod, opened it up and copied the mp3 to his Music folder, Then double clicked and it opened up in iTunes (as expected),

    Has anyone else noticed this is possible?
    I know its not totally as practical as some apps that let you transfer the music, but it is cheaper.
  2. realityisterror macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2003
    Snellville, GA
    if you put the mp3 on it that way, you can't listen to it through the ipod...
    if you wanted to transfer all your music, you'd have to have two full copies of your songs on there... not too great... those "other apps" are often free, quicker, and don't require you to keep two copies...

  3. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    The reason it is not really talked about is that this method does not allow you to listen to the music on your iPod (which most people want to do). If this is not important than this method is great.

    EDIT: beaten to the punch.
  4. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    yep, two prev. posters are correct.

    basically, unless you keep two copies of songs (one in iPod-listenable area and another in the disk mode), iPod cannot be used to let your friend listen to a song and then give him/her that song.

    it's not impossible and there are many third party apps to get around this. it's sometime legitimate - such as if you had erased iTunes music off of your computer and the only copy of songs you have are on the iPod. (check the threads: there are many posts on this very issue. :D ) but it's cumbersome enough that it discourages casual file sharing. i assume apple either did this to be able to say it's against music piracy or had to do it under pressure from RIAA.
  5. phonemonkey macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2004
    Can anyone recommend one of the free apps. I want to put my stuff back in itunes after a format and the programs I have tried are trials and only put half of what I hae got on the ipod to my desktop. If there isn't any free ones I can rip the cd's again but 70+ cd's on a 400mhz sawtooth will take forever
  6. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

    Dr. Dastardly

    Jun 26, 2004
    I live in a giant bucket!
    Never the less it is a good way to transfer files in general. Its a pretty useful tip if stuck in that position.
  7. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    Not only has this been possible since the first iPod, but disk mode is a widely advertised feature... i don't think it will come as a surprise to most people.

  8. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2004
    I Live Where I Live
    i use the disc function all the time... mostly to move files from home to school.

    gotta love it :D
  9. rozwell macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2004
    your best friend when you need somethin ;)
  10. clashbakk8 macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2004
    can anybody give the links to the third party software so the process can be easier?
  11. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    most of them stall halfway through or are badly designed i have yet to find one that i like
  12. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    I use PodWorks and it's always been great for me...three thousand plus songs. It's shareware rather than freeware.
  13. munchmime thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2003
    I know you can't listen to it

    I wasn't saying for you to put it on your iPod to listen too, I said to take from one place to another, cheap and free.

    REALITY, like some one said.

    I have been around macs for ever, I probably do more computing and use more power than half of you, please do not make snide remarks.

    How ever, say you just wanted to take the music home from work, or a friends, this is an easy convenient way of doing it, especially for people who don't want to buy a 3rd party app.

    Perhaps it's me though. Perhaps I am stupid in thinking that others would see the small value in this?
    you all make it sound like it's hard to drag and drop an extra file to get an easy copy of a song file.
    ohh my god, I'm alone in the dark!?
    Whatta concept. I do remember also saying:
    That was my point. Read, comprehend, then speak... "Reality",
    correction train of thought.
    I myself have had this problem many times wit 3rd party software for this:
    let me rephrase, I AM NOT A NEWBIE, I was just pointing out something it seems many people don't realize because music is in hidden files, and "can't be moved".
    Yes, I use my iPod to move files other than music all the time, I have had each generation of ipod except a mini.... 1st gen rev b, 2 gen rev a, 3g 15gig 4g 40 gig.
  14. realityisterror macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2003
    Snellville, GA
    if you want to transfer just a few songs then yes, i agree, it is great.. but how can you know which two songs someone will want from you? there are situations that you may want to give someone two songs, but i think it is more likely that someone will say to you, "hey.. can you put those two songs on my computer?"...

    and same to you... we're not newbie's either...

  15. plasticparadox macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2003
    Man, you're just talking about Disk Mode. I don't see anything revolutionary about this. It's just the same as dragging a Word file from your Home folder into your iPod. I don't see why you have to classify this as some new experience for the sole reason that the file you're putting on your iPod has a .mp3 or .m4a extension. You totally are a newbie.
  16. TigerXChaos macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2004
    What a nasty little jerk you are. None of those comments was particularly snide, except for *one* that might be considered a bit demeaning. You must be having a bad day. Try being a bit more courteous to people.
  17. AoWolf macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2003
    Daytona Beach
    Do a Google search for iPodrip its a little slow but works well.
  18. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Cape Breton Island
    I did that a few times from school, dropped a few songs that i wanted on my computer to i could keep autosynch on and not have the songs deleted.
    It's nice to have the songs in your library, as it makes everything a lot simpler.
  19. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2004
    South Jersey
    LOL... I was thinking the same thing... The level of arrogance of some people truly amazes me...
  20. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    darn it... i was hoping for some iPod excitement... instead its just another angry thread... :rolleyes:

    that said, i love using my pod to transfer photos from the lab to home and vice versa
  21. javabear90 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2003
    Houston, TX
    Be a man.....
    Use the terminal... View the hidden files, transfer.... and whala!!
    or make an applescript to view hidden files in the Finder... it is very simple. :D

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