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Windows: Ephpod 2.77 beta released

EphPod is a full-featured, easy-to-use Windows application that connects with Apple’s iPod. With a FireWire card and EphPod on a PC, it takes under 30 minutes to transfer 1,000 songs to an iPod. In addition, EphPod supports standard WinAmp (.M3U) playlists, includes powerful playlist creation features, and will synchronize an entire music collection with one click. EphPod also includes powerful music-information (“tag”) editing options, as well as support for Audible and MP4/AAC files (although not the “protected” MP4/AAC files sold at the iTunes Music Store). EphPod is designed to be completely compatible with iTunes, so that you can use both EphPod and iTunes interchangeably with your iPod.

What’s new in this version:

Added Make Playlist from Subdirectory option
Fixed bug with copying playlists to the local drive not having the correct file extension

License: Freeware
System Requirements: Windows NT/2000/XP, a FireWire card, and mac-drive-reading software (i.e. MacOpener)

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21

any1 else notice that this shows up as version 2.70b not 2.71?

Posted by sk on August 4, 2003 at 1:07 PM (CDT)

22

yea when you go to about and check, its 2.70b

Posted by peter on August 4, 2003 at 1:14 PM (CDT)

23

Maybe I’ve been doing something wrong with the old version but I could never get it to read file names and convert them into tags with AAC—until now! Thank you sooooooooo much, this is going to save me so much time (I only wish it came out sooner).

Posted by BigIzz on August 4, 2003 at 1:25 PM (CDT)

24

I’d like to put in a BIG vote for smart playlists. This would make ephpod absolutely perfect.

Posted by Scribble on August 4, 2003 at 1:38 PM (CDT)

25

my point is ephpod has gone out of its way to provide “special” features,  which i enjoy, like uploading text into contact files, calendar management and news feeds, but its left out basic features that musicmatch and xplay can do, like tag-edit syncing and adding re-ripped albums, and they’re thinking about doing smartplaylists and other complicated things when the basics arent finished yet, i think this is a good software for special things but it still lacks basic functions, and its still buggy and crashes a lot. something more reliable would be xplay (if your willing to pay), which not only has a simple interface which is seamless and syncing that is mac-like as well as a good windows meida player plugin or vPod, which isnt feature-rich but it will add music to your iPod faster than ephpod and you can choose what to include when syncing. if you like this software it has to be because you havent tried xplay or are really really really really desperate for the “goodies” that it includes.

Posted by ti on August 4, 2003 at 1:40 PM (CDT)

26

oh also ephpod reads ID3v1 tags instead of v2 which iPod reads so theres a bug

Posted by ti on August 4, 2003 at 1:41 PM (CDT)

27

Does anyone know if the alarm now works with playlists synced with Ephpod? Previously, if you tried selecting a playlist, it might actually play as the alarm, though the iPod would only show “Beep” as the current alarm.

Posted by monkeyking84 on August 4, 2003 at 2:15 PM (CDT)

28

Do any of the other windows programs work with AAC/M4A?

Posted by BigIzz on August 4, 2003 at 2:40 PM (CDT)

29

Alex, I’m all for criticism. There is nothing childish about constructive criticism. ti’s first comments were not that. Nor were they in a manner that one could expect to find one curtious person saying to the next when face to face. So why on a forum? ti’s latter statements however are what i consider constructive criticism, possibly helping the developer’s work and subsequently everyone who gives it a try in the future. Let me thank him for it. Because another thing about criticism; it often comes from those who agree with you in way or to a certain extent. If i had felt ti didn’t have a valid point to begin with i would not have commented. He obviously is in a better position to comment since he seems to have used more functions of Ephpod than i have.

Posted by cow on August 4, 2003 at 3:16 PM (CDT)

30

thank god for ephpod….

especially for PC users…. MMJB was horrible and ephpod really made things easy for me.

Apple should contact the guy who made ephpod to develope it some more and make it the standard PC software.. or better yet Itunes for PC

Posted by Bababooey on August 4, 2003 at 3:55 PM (CDT)

31

this release is completely a beta release, really intended for listserver users only.  it’s meant to overwrite your ephpod.exe in your directory.

comments/bugs/etc should be placed at bugs.ephpod.com.  posting them here isn’t going to do anything toward solving them.

Posted by joefreshman on August 4, 2003 at 4:39 PM (CDT)

32

smart playlist.. smart playlist… :)

Posted by toby on August 4, 2003 at 5:01 PM (CDT)

33

anybody know if this version fixed the disappearing playlists bug? if it has, im sold!!!

Posted by Njosnavelin on August 4, 2003 at 7:58 PM (CDT)

34

it’s not on their homepage…

http://www.ephpod.com

i’m gonna wait until it’s on their homepage.  i’ve learned that it is not official until it makes it onto it’s homepage.  even if it’s on their ftp server or something.

Posted by LN 13uLL on August 4, 2003 at 11:13 PM (CDT)

35

I don’t mean to be rude or anything, Ephpod is great, and I appreciate the fact I don’t have to use MMJB anymore, that piece of crap, but why doesn’t Ephpod sync correctly? I don’t think this release fixed it… Basically it should make sure the same songs are in the ipod as in the directory, not only adding songs missing on the ipod, but also removing songs that are no longer in that directory.

Also, by using the “sync and quit” feature of ephpod, exactly what is it syncing the ipod with? You never specified a directory to sync with. Maybe it’s the last directory you added songs from?

Posted by spirit on August 6, 2003 at 4:06 PM (CDT)

36

I don’t mean to be rude or anything, Ephpod is great, and I appreciate the fact I don’t have to use MMJB anymore, that piece of crap, but why doesn’t Ephpod sync correctly? I don’t think this release fixed it… Basically it should make sure the same songs are in the ipod as in the directory, not only adding songs missing on the ipod, but also removing songs that are no longer in that directory.

Also, by using the “sync and quit” feature of ephpod, exactly what is it syncing the ipod with? You never specified a directory to sync with. Maybe it’s the last directory you added songs from?

Posted by spirit on August 6, 2003 at 4:06 PM (CDT)

37

“Do any of the other windows programs work with AAC/M4A”

Media Jukebox can drive external codecs, such as WinAAC. It also has Smart Playlists with unlimited Rules for:

Name
Artist
Album
Genre
Rating
Year
Media Type
Playlist

And some cool Playlist options:

Add (to beginning)
Add (as next to play)
Add (play now)
Add (shuffle)
Add (replace)

The only software with comparable playlist management that I’ve found has been Rockbox. It’s just a pity that it’s Archos-specific.
Those people have put a *lot* of effort into crafting some excellent playlist management.

http://rockbox.haxx.se/

Posted by AAC Worth It Without DRM? on August 6, 2003 at 7:23 PM (CDT)

38

MJ is old, people now using Media Center

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~ashawley01/
iPod User Guide for Media Center 9
http://www.home.earthlink.net/~ashawley01/

Posted by loking up on August 7, 2003 at 6:36 PM (CDT)

39

This beta fails to resolve the “I/O Error 123” which is incurred upon mp3 filenames with special characters, including

Posted by ketsugi on September 23, 2003 at 1:55 PM (CDT)

40

This is old news, this beta is out for at least 3-4 weeks…

Posted by Neopol on May 27, 2004 at 2:18 AM (CDT)

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