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Mix: Microsoft, Korea, iTMS, iPod shuffle file structure

Wired’s Leander Kahney has written a article on iPods at Microsoft. “To the growing frustration and annoyance of Microsoft’s management, Apple’s iPod is wildly popular among Microsoft’s workers.”

Apple said yesterday that it will lower iPod prices in Korea. The price drop is only for Apple’s hard-disk drive iPods and excludes the iPod shuffle.

New at iTunes this week: “Ghettochip Malfuntion (Hell Yes)” by Beck; “2005 Grammy Nominees” by Various Artists; “Red White & Crüe” by Mötley Crüe; and “The Lonesome Crowded West” by Modest Mouse.

Following its dissection of the iPod shuffle, AppleMatters has posted an article looking at the device’s file structure.

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Sorry Bill.  Come up with something as cool, and you wouldn’t have an issue.

Posted by schaaking on February 2, 2005 at 11:24 AM (CST)


That story is funny.

Apple couldn’t have made up a more perfect scenario.

I’m sure it’s a bit exaggerated tho.  I doubt 20,000 out of 25,000 MS workers in Seattle have digital audio players.

I guess MS could always block computers on campus from being able to access Apple.com or iTunes Music Store.

Posted by wco81 on February 2, 2005 at 1:23 PM (CST)


Until Microsoft can come up with something as portable and easy to use as the iPod then sorry.  Sure the portable Media Centers are cool but they are too bulky and cost way too much.  Way to go Apple, not just try to convert 97% of the world to using the Mac OSX.

Posted by kornchild2002 on February 2, 2005 at 3:06 PM (CST)


Has anybody noticed what the Applematters guy has done?

Will that process work for getting music files from a full sized iPod back to the computer?

Is going to save everyone a lot of time and money if it really is that simple to copy music from an iPod without having to bother with other software to do it.

Posted by iPoodle on February 2, 2005 at 7:53 PM (CST)


What i thought was kinda dumb about the Applematters article was that he did not need to go to the terminal and go alpha geek on the whole process. All of those files can be accessed through the finder and/or explorer on windows. I noticed this the first day I had the shuffle and it does work to move files around or copy them to another computer. The only thing it won’t let you do is add a song and play it, you still need iTunes to build the database.

No that process will not work for the regular iPods, at least speaking from a 3G owner perspective. The file structure is different on the regular iPods although there may be some sort of terminal hack to get to the files.

Posted by BigFil on February 3, 2005 at 7:18 AM (CST)


BigFil—this is exactly the same file structure that all iPods have. The structure of the iPod shuffle isn’t anything special. Every iPod from 1G to 4G stores it’s music in iPod_Control/Music/F00, F01, F02 and so on. As you point out, the folders are hidden to the system, so you have to enable your computer to see those folders to access them. The only problem is there there is no rhyme or reason to which folders the iPod stores songs. So it’s hard to find that favorite song you want to copy off the iPod, which is where the 3rd-party apps come in handy. Going through the Finder or explorer is useful when you need to copy whole batches of songs off the iPod, such as if your hard drive crashes and you need to repopulate your iTunes library.

Posted by Chris VandeVenter on February 3, 2005 at 9:46 AM (CST)

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