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Developing QuickTime Apps for iPod

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Friday, July 2, 2004
News Categories: iPod

iPod Hacks reports that Tim Monroe, a member of Apple’s QuickTime engineering team, recently wrote a how-to article titled “Snow Day: Developing QuickTime Applications for the iPod” in the April 2004 issue (vol. 20, no. 4) of MacTech Magazine. “In the article, Tim dispells the widely held belief that the iPod is a closed system and that writing custom applications for the device requires expensive and hard to obtain development tools. As the reader is taken through the process of developing an application from the ground up that will perform QuickTime movie playback on the iPod’s screen, it becomes clear that the iPod is a viable development platform indeed.” Unfortunately, the article turned out to be nothing more than a late-arriving April Fools joke, but an amusing one nonetheless.

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21

what is the advantages of having linux on your ipod?

Posted by bonediddly on July 3, 2004 at 1:14 PM (PDT)

22

“what is the advantages of having linux on your ipod?”

http://ipodlinux.sourceforge.net/

Think about it.

Posted by benfit on July 3, 2004 at 2:46 PM (PDT)

23

what is the advantages of having linux on your ipod?

Well, you can no longer play audio at 100% speed, the games, calender and notes features are gone. The media database is gone, and the controls barely work. Cant use itunes anymore.

Oh, you said Advantages

Posted by Techni on July 5, 2004 at 4:24 AM (PDT)

24

The thing that made me suspicious is, why would an embedded system use an interpreted language? Thats a waste of resources.

Posted by Techni on July 5, 2004 at 4:25 AM (PDT)

25

Actually, considering that a stripped-down version of OS X exists—Darwin—and that Linux runs on iPods, it doesn’t seem obviously impossible that a portion of Darwin could have been adapted for iPod use by Apple. Surprising, but not “comically unbelievable.”

It’s a like a fake news story saying three sets of triplets were born in Chicago on one night. Surprising, but not so impossible as to be funny unless they laced the article with actual jokes smile

Posted by Nagromme on July 5, 2004 at 7:03 AM (PDT)

26

“you said Advantages”

The iPod Linux people are being forced to reverse engineer the iPod’s hardwrae and OS because of Apple’s intransigence. Therefore as yet they have little access to any of the APi calls to trigger any of the on-board DSPs. So they have to do everything in software. That’s why decoding takes longer.

But with time this will improve. Once the iPod is cracked open properly, people will be able to add video, emuilators, and more codec support. ANd then you, my dear mocking sir, will be welcome to go on using your pathetic limited Apple OS while other, wiser people enjoy an iPod renaissance.

Posted by Willing Fool on July 5, 2004 at 8:17 AM (PDT)

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