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    Here is a great iPod controler with C# code. But it ueses iTunes to play. I want to use my own playersoftware, just use iPod as a "harddrive"

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    For what it's worth, the slow importing in iTunes due to sound level checking can be disabled. If you do disable it, imports are very fast.

    A big advantage here is the native support in iTunes for good and proper ID3v2 image tags. Winamp's support for them is nonexistant. WMP's support for them sucks, and neither give you an api to fix it. The API's that almost all of the frontends are using do not support embedded album artowrk either. Why? You've got me! Tagging your music properly is just a no brainer. Every piece of music I buy or rip gets tagged properly, and iTunes happens to be adept at handling and organizing music by any tag (It also happens to be a superb tag editor, especially on the mac platform where you can write applescripts to assist your taggings). Anyway, if nothing else, using iTunes instead of Winamp as your frontend's slave-music-player of choice will get you a lot of things for free that winamp's limited API will not.

    FWIW, on the mac side there has always been an open sdk for iTunes (and indeed every single application Apple produces) via the embedded applescript dictionaries. I really see a lot of good things coming from the mac folks on this forum - I think it will suprise the community when it gets done
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    I'm kinda with mobileh1 with my dislike for iTunes. I feel like it's more bulky than it needs to be, and it's 'mini' mode leaves much to be desired. Winamp is much better at being able to minimize it so it's out of the way but you can still see what's going on and control it. I haven't found another player (WMP, MusicMatch) that does as good a job as winamp as being out of the way yet functional.

    last time I checked, iTunes is also somewhere around a 20 Meg download, where winamp is 2 megs. I guess this is because Winamp is just a player, and iTunes is a store interface as well.

    I also HATE how iTunes doesn't allow you to change the naming convention it uses if you have it organize your music. I think that's a great idea, letting your music app keep you file structure in line ... but dammit let me customize the naming convention of the files!

    With all that said ... iTunes has some great things going for it. Smart playlists are great. And party shuffle is very useful for use in a DJ setting.

    And even though it seems to contradict everything I've just said, if a front end for Windows using iTunes as the back end came out ... I'd give it a try. It can't be any worse than using WMP as the backend. I'd rather have winamp as the back end, but what can ya do?

    Does iTunes support OGG Vorbis playback? How about APE or FLAC?

    That's actually my biggest beef with all front ends ... poor support for alternate formats (and if they read the formats they often don't read the tags!)
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    Oh, and I hate how you can't use your iPod with anything but iTunes ... that's the one reason I won't buy an iPod.
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    now that's pretty cool ... even though winamp's music library leaves much to be desired ... but cool nonetheless ... ultimately i'd like to just copy files to the iPod like I would a memory stick.

    didn't someone get sued for making their software sync with the iPod a year or so back?
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    MobileH1, just so you know its thier SDK... so you could program your own interface to "reduce screen realestate." With the SDK programmers can now add iTunes music to thier front end and control iTunes to a point where it doesnt go out and re-compress your audio with its format. WHats so bad about all of this ? Programmers will only be able to improve in-car-computing with this and not hurt it, if you can't see a way this could help or possibly be used to better our community then maybe just leave it up to someone more skilled in the programming aspect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mobileh1
    I would be suprised if Apple were to provide the tools necessary to write a new front end. iTunes is a tool designed to sell iPods & music, everything else is secondary to that goal.
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