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Mix: Cell phone, Bike case, BeInSync, iPod robot

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, May 31, 2007
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A video that appeared on Metacafe shows someone using the electromagnetic radiation emitted from a cell phone during a call to “control” an iPod’s Click Wheel.

Charlie Sorrel from the Wired Gadget Lab has written an article showing how to make an iPod nano case from a bicycle tire inner-tube.

BeInSync has announced that iTunes users can sync their entire Libraries across multiple computers over the internet using the company’s free BeInSync 3.0 software. The service can also sync users’ collections to an Amazon S3 account for secure backup.

A new Japanese robot called Miuro is able to dance to music supplied by an iPod, “which locks into the machine.” The 14” toy is only available in Japan and sells for approx. $900.

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I’d love to see an iLounge review of this BeInSync service before I download the software. It could certainly prove handy.

Posted by cxc273 on May 31, 2007 at 11:03 AM (PDT)

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BeInSync is a great idea if it works the way it’s described. Unfortunately, according to the link and their website, it isn’t available for OS X:

“BeInSync 3.0 is available on Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and Vista.”

I guess that means I won’t be trying it anytime soon.

Posted by jasonact on May 31, 2007 at 12:01 PM (PDT)

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It also looks like the storage capacity is limited, so if your library is less than 5GB, you’re OK, but if it’s bigger it is either technically not feasible or expensive.

Posted by cxc273 on May 31, 2007 at 12:50 PM (PDT)

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cxc - you’re wrong. 5GB is for online backup. You may sync any amount of data for free (it’s peer-to-peer based).

Posted by jj on May 31, 2007 at 2:22 PM (PDT)

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In addition, BeInSync is a file-level synchronization solution.  While it’s fine to sync the content it’s not actually a practical solution for syncing your iTunes library database at a record-level.

So if you’re expecitng to keep your playlists, ratings, and playcounts updated across multiple computers, you’re going to be out of luck unless you’re actually only using one copy of iTunes at a time (ie, shut down the first, sync it up to BeInSync, and then later turn on the second after you’ve synced it down).

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on June 1, 2007 at 4:32 PM (PDT)

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