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ipodslave

   0.8-pre1  

KDE Other Utility

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ipodslave
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Link:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 3.4.x
Downloads:  6882
Submitted:  Apr 12 2004
Updated:  Jul 12 2006

Description:

Edit 20060711: got my hands on a SuSE10 machine: added SuSE10 rpm packages for libqtpod


IPODSLAVE - an iPod IO slave

This is a prerelease version of the upcoming 0.8 version. Be aware that this is work in progress and may contain bugs, although it works like a charm for me.
This version is based on the latest libqtpod release 0.3-rc1.

This ioslave enables KIO aware apps like konqueror or amarok to access the
Music stored on an Apple iPod. It further allows you to organize playlists.

To have access to your iPod mount it (some distros do this automatically when
the iPod gets plugged in) and open the URL "ipod:/".
If you have more than one iPod connected to your system you'll get a list of
directories named after the mountpoints of the iPods found. If you open one
of the directories you'll get a list of 4 directories:
Artists, Playlists, Utilities and Transfer.

If just one ipod is found the slave will automatically redirect to it's
directory.

You can copy songs from an Album to a playlist, move tracks between
playlists or albums or copy songs from one iPod to another.
You can also add new mp3 files or directories containing them to your iPod(s)
by copying them to the "Transfer" directory.
Be aware though that the changes you make aren't saved automatically to your
iPod's database - use the "Synchronize" utility under ipod:/Utilities to do
this.
Make sure you have a backup copy of your original iTunesDB file.
This file can be found under iPod_Control/iTunes/iTunesDB in the directory
struture of your iPod. If you open the Synchronize utility it'll provide a link
to this file that you just can drag and drop to a save place.


Features:
* since this version is a prerelease and work in progress you may encounter bugs/problems/instabilities
* browsing and opening the mp3s with KIO aware apps (like konqueror,amarok or
krusader)
* browsing and copying songs and playlists with konqueror
* copying tracks and albums off of the iPod
* copying mp3 files and directories to the iPod
* renaming/moving albums
* accessing playlists
* when using konquerors detailed list view it'll show meta information about
single tracks (like author, length etc)
* On The Go Playlists and Playcount support provided by Benedikt Elser
* iPod shuffle support by Guenter Schwann


What next:
* kded plugin to provide access to the core functions via DCOP (thanks to
Andrew De Quincey for this and lotsa more good ideas and code) and to
provide notifications when something changed
* Podcast support
* photo / artwork support
* upload/download videos to the new iPod Video


Bugs/noticable problems:
* when deleting a Track from a playlist the numbering of the tracks won't
get reorganized (e.g. when deleting track 2 the list will be
1 - blah.mp3
3 - moreblah.mp3
4 - etc ... )
until synchronized with the iPod's database. This is because the numbering
must be consistent between 2 or more deletes (e.g. when deleting a list of
songs)
* mp3 files need to have sufficient id3 information (Album, Artist, Title and
Tracknum).
Be aware when copying tracks to the ipod that the sort order heavily depends
on the id3 tracknumber field. Make sure the id3 information is sufficient.
* Sometimes (almost always) you need to hit the "reload" button to make changes
visible
* please report any problem you encounter with the software to the sourceforge
project page at http://sourceforge.net/projects/kpod
* Since podcasts and smart playlists are unsupported at the moment you'll lose
them when synchronizing the database.


Hints for installation:
* in order to install it correctly it needs to be configured with
configure --prefix [path to your KDE installation]
* On a SuSE AMD64 add the --enable-libsuffix=64 configure switch
(is this true for other AMD64 distros too?)
* id3lib is needed now




Changelog:

Changes for version 0.8-pre1
* separated the whole ipod/iTunesDB code to a separate library - libQtPod
* supports updating smart playlists
creating new ones or editing smart playlist rules is not yet possible
* when synchronizing with the database it will automatically create backup copies of the old files.
* writing MHOD52 for the master playlist implemented
this speeds up operation of the browse menu and also results in smaller gaps between songs

Changes for version 0.7.3
* ignore ItunesDB elements we can't handle yet
* fixed bug where itunesdb didn't get written when slave was compiled with gcc4 - thanks to Jeff Weeks for pointing this out and fixing it

Changes for version 0.7.2
* make sure everything gets written to the ipod's harddrive when
synchronizing the database and before ejecting the ipod.
This should prevent filesystem corruption when ejecting the
ipod right after using the synchronize utility.
* sort playlists by title when saving the database to the iPod
* fixed a bug where playlists didn't get read in correctly

Changes for version 0.7.1
* implemented creating/renaming artist and album
* artists and playlist titles are case sensitive now
* moving tracks between ipods fixed
* check for known filetypes (.mp*) when adding files to the iPod

Changes for version 0.7
* iPod Shuffle support by Guenter Schwann
* support for "On The Go Playlists" and Playcount support by Benedikt Elser
* show track meta info for konquerors detailed list view
* support for multiple ipods
* added import directory where tracks and folders can be copied into
* added eject utility
* show total/used/available disk space at the statistics page




LicenseGPL
Source(ipodslave release 0.8-pre1)
Source(libqtpod release 0.3-rc1)
SUSE(libqtpod rpm for SuSE10.1/i586)
SUSE(libqtpod rpm for SuSE10 /i586)
SUSE(libqtpod rpm for SuSE9.3/i586)
(ipodslave previous release 0.7.3)
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 Excellent

 
 by davidsansome on: Apr 12 2004
 
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I was going to start writing something like this tomorrow.

Mind if I give you a hand with it? :)


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 Re: Excellent

 
 by Fry26 on: Apr 12 2004
 
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Thanks!

There's a lot of work to do :) On top of my head there is the itunesdb lib which needs write support - there are class bodies for this waiting to be filled with code. But that's the fun part: _I_ wanna do this ;))
Also I still have the feeling that the IOslave works just barely so this needs some work too.
I'll setup a sourceforge project in a couple of days and will update the page
here.

have fun.
Michael


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 Re: Excellent

 
 by jbaehr on: Apr 13 2004
 
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Hey, me too! ;)
I wrote a plugin for the windows Filemanager Total-Commander ( http://www.jonas-baehr.de/wfx_ipod.php ), but since I don't use windows anymore I don't maintain this project anymore. You may want to look at it for some feature-insperation for your IOSlave...


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 Re: Re: Excellent

 
 by Fry26 on: Apr 14 2004
 
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cool - I'll definitely have a look at it. Thanks :)


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 Awesome

 
 by tomminator on: Apr 12 2004
 
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any chance of using hotplug/hal/dbus to mount the pod automatically?


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 Re: Awesome

 
 by Fry26 on: Apr 12 2004
 
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Thanks :)

I'm _very_ interested in this kinda stuff but AFAIK the future of HAL and DBUS in KDE is not so clear.
My first idea is to have a shellscript in /etc/hotplug that mounts the ipod and fires up a dcop call ... somehow ;)
But admittedly: not very elegant compared to the possibilities HAL/DBUS would make possible.

have fun
Michael


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 Neuros

 
 by posthuman on: Apr 12 2004
 
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Hi,great software,u think u can make it compatible with the neuros mp3 digital computer?U knowl ike a positron graphical kde frontend.


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 Re: Neuros

 
 by Fry26 on: Apr 12 2004
 
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Well, first of all I need to get it done and stable ;)

One with a Neuros (I don't have one) and the knowledge about how the music is organized on it (?) should be able to write a replacement for the ipod specific part of this project.

have fun
Michael


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 Nice!

 
 by prjanique on: Apr 12 2004
 
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I do not have iPod, but I want to have it a great deal - and someday when I buy it - I'll use your app.
Thank you :)


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 Re: Nice!

 
 by Fry26 on: Apr 12 2004
 
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If you want to buy an ipod mini you should wait a while accoring to this story over on slashdot:
http://apple.slashdot.org/apple/04/04/11/1835219.shtml?tid=137&tid=141&tid=176&tid=188

Anyways, thanks but I suppose the project still needs a lot of work to be really usable. If you would buy your iPod tomorrow I would recommend gtkpod (http://gtkpod.sourceforge.net/) instead :)


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 iTunes Clone

 
 by markusspitzli on: Apr 12 2004
 
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Hello.

Very nice work! I think it would be a nice a idea to write a iTunes library that other apps can base on it. Maybe an app like an iTunes Clone. :-)

Greets
Markus


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 Re: iTunes Clone

 
 by Fry26 on: Apr 12 2004
 
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Thanks:)

Part of the project is the library libitunesdb which will provide read/write access to the itunesDB file format used by itunes/ipod (at the moment read only but it's just a matter of time). Applications could use this lib to handle itunesDB files - imagine juk being able to transfer songs to/from the ipod

have fun
Michael


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 super!

 
 by petschni on: Apr 14 2004
 
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hello,

really nice project - unfortunatelly i am not able to bringe anything in, because i can not code - but is there a possible to stay up to date without visiting the site every day? like a newsletter or notification?

greetings

peter


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 Re: super!

 
 by Fry26 on: Apr 16 2004
 
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not at the moment, sorry. But I'll create a project on sourceforge - if I remember correctly SF has these features.

have fun
Michael


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