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    question about using ipod as primary media storage

    so i'm working on making the switch to a mac mini in my car (from a windows based carpc) and have made a place in my setup for an external hd, but i got to thinking about it and using a new video ipod (60 or 80 gig) may not be a bad idea. it's much more useful for being on the go. basically you'd get in the car, plug in your ipod, turn on the car and boom osx starts up, mounts the ipod as it should (and by default i THINK itunes goes to the ipod's entry to play music first, instead of to your music library on the hd). has anyone done this or thought about doing this, instead of having a traditional external hd, or no external drive at all (and sticking with the base 60gig hd in the base model mini).

    i'd love to hear people's input on this. i don't have a video ipod yet, and currently have a basic 160gig external hd setup for my mini. so i guess it may also come down to price (an 80 gig video ipod is like 400 bones?).

    anyway, let's hear your thoughts on this.

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    First thought -- wait until after the MacWorld trade show in January to see what the newest iPod product announcements are, and for prices on existing modelsa to drop.

    Clarifying questions -- You want to have music on both the Mac internal drive and the iPod, but it's different set of music and you don't want to sync the two? Or you don't want to use the Mac's internal drive for music at all?

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    You got it, I will use the ipod for the media drive, not the mini's internal drive. That is what I was going to end up doing with my current 3.5" external hd enclosure, but got to thinking about how much more sense it would make if I used an ipod connected via firewire. To be honest, I used to be a huge fan of just having TONS of music and videos, but now, I'm more into quality instead of quantity, so realistically having an external 60+gig drive to hold all of my music and music videos/tvshows/movies would be sufficient. My longest daily drive is an hour, so that would be plenty of room for an hour's worth of music and/or video.

    I have an older monochrome 20gig ipod for now that I could test this theory on, but was curious more for the newer model ipod's; Plus i've always wanted to build an ipod dock into my dash. Correct me if i'm wrong, but, the newer ipod docks and the older ones are different dimensions. So before i got to cutting, glassing and bonding, etc, i wanted to be sure it was worth the effort.

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    Yes, I have done this before. I have a "SRC" button in the Music player plug-in and can use it to switch between the music on my internal drive and on the iPod. I have all my regular music and audiobooks on the hard drive and only use iPod for podcasts and smaller updates of the media library though.

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    Thanks for the response Jirka.. If i were to use the ipod as my primary media source, the application I'm using (probably AMP) would have to be able to decipher the fact that I've got the ipod plugged in and want to use it. What music player/application/frontend are you using?

    Thanks again.

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    You'll have to use iTunes for music. That file isn't usually viewable on a mac without some application hackery.
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    never us an ipod as a main storage device!!!!!
    it's hard drive is designed to just spin at the start of a song and then stop. it doesn't have the room for air to cool it down, so the drive will die quickly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by replicant View Post
    Thanks for the response Jirka.. If i were to use the ipod as my primary media source, the application I'm using (probably AMP) would have to be able to decipher the fact that I've got the ipod plugged in and want to use it. What music player/application/frontend are you using?
    I am using TatraApp and now switching to QCar. TatraApp uses iTunes (via AppleScript), QCar uses Cocoa's QTMovie class for playback.

    As for the iPod detection, in TatraApp I simply query iTunes for available libraries every 10 seconds and if iPod is found, it is added to the list of sources the software allows you to choose from. In QCar, this is handled by getting the notification of a new disk mounted and then verifying it is an iPod (checking existence of some folders and files on the inserted drive).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarryWoods View Post
    You'll have to use iTunes for music. That file isn't usually viewable on a mac without some application hackery.
    All you need to do is to parse the contents of iTunes db file on the iPod. You can use code from several open source projects, so it is not a big deal. If you can't do this for licensing purposes, you can use the description of the file's format and write your own parser (which is what we are doing).

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    Quote Originally Posted by tominated View Post
    never us an ipod as a main storage device!!!!!
    it's hard drive is designed to just spin at the start of a song and then stop. it doesn't have the room for air to cool it down, so the drive will die quickly!
    tominated, let me, i guess, rephrase what i'm wanting to do.

    much like itunes plays music from your ipod, i want to use AMP or any other frontend for osx to do the same.. i want it to use the ipod's music library instead of the mini's internal drive's music library.

    hope that makes since.

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