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Microsoft demos Xbox 360-to-iPod connection, notes limits

image During its first demonstration of “final” Xbox 360 hardware in London, Microsoft showed off its upcoming game console’s ability to interface with an iPod, and explained the link between the two devices. According to German site Heise Online, Xbox 360 can connect to an iPod with a standard Apple cable using any one of three total USB ports, then use the iPod’s MP3- or WAV-format music as a soundtrack for games.

Though an iPod mini was used in the demonstration, other digital music players, USB storage sticks, digital cameras, external hard drives and Sony PSPs can also be connected in the same way. The Xbox 360 can apparently use both music and digital photographs from these devices to create on-screen slideshows, complete with audio accompaniment. However, says Heise, the console cannot store data it has transferred through the USB connections, nor can it play back movies stored on any external device.

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This was new to me… so I did some searching.  Seems like kinda old news actually.  I found this:

It ends up taking you to:
It has some links to some previous results.

Posted by Dave on October 1, 2005 at 8:35 PM (CDT)


The fact that they can connect is old news (reported here May 17, 2005). The way in which they connect and what can and cannot be done when they are connected is new.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on October 1, 2005 at 8:40 PM (CDT)


Microsoft has yet to show final Xbox 360 hardware communicating with an iPod or other DAP/Sony PSP.  This is new news and I think it kinda shows that the Xbox 360 will not support mpeg-4 AAC as the article stated mp3 or wav music.

Posted by kornchild2002 on October 1, 2005 at 9:37 PM (CDT)


well this is new news for me…

Posted by Navas on October 2, 2005 at 12:44 AM (CDT)


So basically you can use the XBox as glorified speaker connection?

Ok kids, here’s what you do…Get some RCA cables and connect your iPod to your stereo..  Then turn the volume on your TV all the way down (or better yet, don’t connect the audio out of your game console). can play music from your iPod as soundtracks for games, and you don’t have to worry about the music not being an *.mp3 or *.wav, either.

Posted by Cameron Talley on October 2, 2005 at 12:56 AM (CDT)


Major Nelson said it played AAC.

Posted by Eire on October 2, 2005 at 10:22 AM (CDT)


Color me unimpressed.  I believe I’ll hold out for the Sony PS3 anyway, whether it will connect to my iPod or not.

Posted by RCH on October 2, 2005 at 10:36 AM (CDT)


so whats the point? you have to have everthing connected to use it? the really sucks. whats the point of the HD if you can’t play anything from the HD and have to have the stupid thing attached?

Posted by Matt on October 2, 2005 at 10:53 AM (CDT)


this could be some way to allow ipod users to use microsoft drm subscriptions. just a thought.

Posted by add on October 2, 2005 at 11:03 AM (CDT)


Is it worth it to just convert all my music to mp3?

Posted by Alex on October 2, 2005 at 11:45 AM (CDT)


Erm, isn’t the xbox just using the ipod/psp/tungsten t5 as a disk and accessing the mp3’s like any other removable storage device.

On the ipod it won’t be able to accesss the mp3 files transferred through itunes as they are not stored in a format accessible to the user.

Posted by MG on October 2, 2005 at 12:27 PM (CDT)


The files might be hidden in Windows Explorer/Finder but the Xbox 360 will be able to see them.

Posted by daveoc64 on October 2, 2005 at 12:36 PM (CDT)


This is the least impressive feature of an awesome device.

The XBox 360 is serious hardware.  Buy one to play games…not listen to your iPOd through it.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on October 2, 2005 at 1:19 PM (CDT)


Looks like all of you forgot the Custom Soundtrack option on the XBOX and now XBOX360. 

Basically, all this connection does is that you can now play your iPod playlist whilst you’re playing Halo 3: SUPER DEATHMATCH 360 edition…  Now that’s more interesting than using the XBOX as glorified speaker hookups.

Not by that much though.

Posted by Damage on October 2, 2005 at 1:34 PM (CDT)


Ah, one more thought, I wouldn’t necessairly expect Sony’s hardware to play nice with this.  Something about DRM and all that good stuff.

For that matter, I wonder how well the XBOX360 plays with DRM’d WMA files?  Would it play for sure? (har-dee har har)

Posted by Damage on October 2, 2005 at 1:37 PM (CDT)


either way i’m still getting the xbox 360,the ps3 can wait…

Posted by rajendra on October 2, 2005 at 3:07 PM (CDT)


I am excited about all this.  The Xbox 360 is the start of the next gen gaming world.  The ability of a Xbox 360 to hook up to a iPod I think it nice.

Major Nelson said that the Xbox 360 would play unprotected music formats from the iPod, he did not specify the file formats as they only talked about the Xbox 360 not being able to play iTunes music store files.

Posted by kornchild2002 on October 2, 2005 at 3:10 PM (CDT)


iPods, PSPs, flash cards, all sorts of connectivity???

Stupid me…and here I went around thinking that what I reserved was only the latest killer gaming platform.  How dumb of me for being so shortsighted.

Even with Redmond, you simply can’t get away from these bloody iPods…it’s a disease.

Posted by flatline response on October 3, 2005 at 12:58 AM (CDT)


I seriously hope the Xbox360 fails. It should be only Sony and Nintendo.

Posted by EM on October 3, 2005 at 1:26 AM (CDT)


Yes, the company with the blandest games and no strong 1st party franchises definitely deserves to be one of the top 2.  The company that brought lan parties and online multiplayer to the console masses?  not so much. 

there may have been a trace amonut of sarcasm in there, but seriously.  m$ have proven that they know what they’re doing in the console world.  don’t let you 1337 hatred of windows blind you to that.

Posted by Rog on October 3, 2005 at 1:38 AM (CDT)

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