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XPlay 2.1.2

XPlay was the first to bring the power and elegance of the Apple iPod to the Windows masses. Now comes XPlay 2.1 building on that tradition and continuing to lead the iPod experience on Windows. XPlay works makes every model of iPod work better with Windows XP, 2000, Me or 98SE. With XPlay there is no bulky interface, no fluff, nothing to get in the way of you and your music. XPlay's powerful drag-and-drop ability makes transferring music to and from the iPod quick and simple. There is no easier way to manage music on your iPod.

License: Commercial $29.95

Requirements: Windows XP, 2000, Me or 98SE Apple iPod (any model, including iPod mini) FireWire or USB 2.0� port (FireWire is also known as IEEE-1394 or Sony i.LINK; use with USB 2.0 port requires Windows XP or 2000 and a compatible iPod model, and may require purchase of an appropriate cable from Apple)

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Comments

1

Tried the free trial and it worked great! Reluctant to purchase though. Why buy when Music Match ships with the Windows version?

Posted by bigdaddycool on April 4, 2003 at 4:15 PM (PDT)

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One reason - MusicMatch does not support Windows 98SE

Posted by Chris on May 5, 2003 at 5:59 AM (PDT)

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Another reason…..
MusicMatch sucks!  Worst…interface….ever!

Posted by Len in San Diego, CA, USA on May 9, 2003 at 7:54 PM (PDT)

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Would this XPlay 1.1 works with the new 30G iPod?

Posted by siube on May 10, 2003 at 9:32 PM (PDT)

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Does the XPlay allow to move mp3s from iPod to the PC?

Posted by Rob in UK on May 16, 2003 at 4:23 PM (PDT)

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Where can I find screenshots of the new Xplay?  Without installing of course…

Posted by tipster in TX on May 20, 2003 at 9:20 AM (PDT)

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Does this work with the new iPods???

Posted by mike in PA on May 20, 2003 at 10:19 AM (PDT)

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The XPlay software is awesome. It works very well with my new 30 gig iPod. Would definitely recommend buying it.

Posted by Rick on May 20, 2003 at 4:34 PM (PDT)

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My MusicMatch is working very fine with my new iPod so far.  The Super Tag function and other fuctions that deal with with ID3 tag is good in MusicMatch.  The iPod manager also allow us to use iPod as a removable HDD anyway.  So what is missing from the original (Music Match + iPod Manager) and invite me to use XPlay now?

Posted by Siube on May 20, 2003 at 4:50 PM (PDT)

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Does anyone have experience with Xplay and the NEW Ipods,  AND Windows 98??? Thanks

Posted by Brian in Chicago on May 22, 2003 at 3:59 AM (PDT)

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I have a Mac ipod.  I sold my ibook last year and now have a W2K laptop.  Last night I installed XPlay pre-release (aka the newest available version).  I am in awe at the ease of use and simplicity.  I thought there was no way to beat the iTunes interface, but this is damn close.

It mounted my ipod and let me use windows explorer to store files etc. It also lets you create playlists, edit song names, all the usual fare.

AND YES, IT ALLOWS YOU TO COPY MUSIC FROM YOUR IPOD TO YOUR PC.  That in itself is worth $25.

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Posted by Kevin in Seattle on May 22, 2003 at 12:27 PM (PDT)

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Does any one know whether XPlay allows you to create playlists for your ipod using tracks stored on the ipod (rather than the tracks having to be in your ‘library’ as with music match)?

Posted by Phil in Cambridge on May 28, 2003 at 1:51 AM (PDT)

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I have downloaded and installed the XPlay 1.1, but it cannot connect to my new 30GB iPod.  It says my version is not valid.  I’ve drop a note in the help section in both XPlay and Apple, but no reply yet….

Posted by Siube on May 28, 2003 at 4:06 AM (PDT)

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Interesting. I too have a 30gb version, will give it a try later.

Posted by Phil in Cambridge on May 28, 2003 at 4:14 AM (PDT)

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In response to Phil’s question:

By Phil on May 28, 03 3:51 am

Yes Phil, XPlay let’s you create new playlists from the music on your iPod.  I’m in such a good mood this morning that I’m even going to tell you how to do it.

There are two really easy ways to do this…try both and let me know which worked for you.

Connect your iPod to your windows laptop and double click the Xplay icon. In the new window, doubleclick the Playliss icon.  Right click in this window and click “New Playlist”.  Title your playlist and viola.  Leave this window open as you will need it later.  Now, to add songs to your newly created playlist, do one of the following


-the easiest way to add songs to your new playlist is simply to explore your iPod via the my computer icon.  Go into any directory on your iPod with songs and right click each song you want to add to your playlist and select “add to playlist”.  BAM…thats it.


-or, double click My Computer and then doubleclick the drive that represents your iPod.  Browse into either Albums or Artisits and drag songs from that window to the Playlist window you opened earlier. 

make sense?

Posted by kevin on May 28, 2003 at 7:56 AM (PDT)

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Thanks very much Kevin, will give it a go (so long as xplay works fine with the new 30gb model). Since my earlier posting it seems that ephpod will also do the job too.

Posted by Phil on May 28, 2003 at 12:51 PM (PDT)

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Glad to help out.  Best of luck on that.

Kevin

Posted by kevin on May 28, 2003 at 12:54 PM (PDT)

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Just to complete the story, I’ve got ephpod doing exactly what i want, no problems whatsoever.

Posted by Phil on May 29, 2003 at 6:10 AM (PDT)

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Yahooo!!!!!!!!!!!

To quote what Morpheus said in the Matrix…

“Free your Music!”


or was that Free your mind?  In any case, music works in this case!

=)

Posted by kevin on May 29, 2003 at 8:10 AM (PDT)

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hi people
i super suck at ipod but want one so badly.
what is the difference between xplay and itune?
and also…
i dont have to buy music at apple, right?
i can just download off the internet with some level of guilt in my mind, right?

Posted by h.j. in va on May 29, 2003 at 9:45 AM (PDT)

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Xplay = Windows
iTunes = Macintosh (until November 03)

no, you don’t have to buy music from Apple to use on an iPod.

Posted by Kevin in Seattle on May 29, 2003 at 10:18 AM (PDT)

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test post.

Posted by Kevin. in Earth on May 29, 2003 at 10:22 AM (PDT)

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thanks kevin

Posted by h.j. in va on May 29, 2003 at 10:30 AM (PDT)

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d= )

np

Posted by kevin on May 29, 2003 at 10:34 AM (PDT)

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Hmmm. I take it back about having experienced no problems with using ephpod. having used ephpod on one pc earlier today, then reconnected my ipod to musicmatch on another pc, i see that musicmatch now fails to see all the tunes on my ipod. they’re there, its just that musicmatch ignores them.

Posted by Phil on May 29, 2003 at 1:37 PM (PDT)

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does anyone else get double track/album/artist listings on their ipod while using musicmatch?  and does xplay do that as well?

Posted by gaz in Ca on May 29, 2003 at 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Downloaded X-Play, and was surprised at the simplicity! running Windows 98se. Went to show my brother my Ipod, and he has a Mac, connected to Itunes easily too. Only problem, when I reconnected to MY computer, Xplay sees the Ipod, but not the music folders! they are on the Ipod, but I can’t see the Xplay Music folder anymore. Any ideas?
Thanks,
Brian

Posted by Brian in Chicago on June 1, 2003 at 5:24 AM (PDT)

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Brian, this is a known bug in XPlay. A fix is available on their support forums.

Best,

Roelf

Posted by Roelf in Holland on June 2, 2003 at 8:37 AM (PDT)

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I’m getting the new 15GB iPod any day now and I’m wondering, when I set it up (Windows XP) should I just follow the supposedly strict setup procedure, then uninstall MusicMatch (I know it will suck), and then install XPlay (or Ephpod, haven’t decided)?  Does anyone feel strongly about Ephpod over XPlay or vice-versa?

Also, I guess, from reading things that when I get my iPod I have to format it for Windows. How long will that take? Will I be able to still hook the iPod up to a Mac as well (maybe if I want to play my music or use my files on that Mac)? Thanks!

Posted by Jeff on June 2, 2003 at 12:51 PM (PDT)

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Jeff-

Re-re-read it again.  You don’t have to format your ipod to work with windows. 

Download the eval of XPlay for your ipod, use it for a couple days and write back with how it went.

kevin

Posted by Kevin. in Earth on June 2, 2003 at 1:21 PM (PDT)

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I was using XPlay for some time and it corrupted my ipod database quite often. I switched to ephpod and I have no problems now

Posted by richard silka on June 10, 2003 at 7:40 AM (PDT)

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Richard-

What version of XPlay?  What was the riemware on your iPod? 

Posted by Kevin. in Earth on June 10, 2003 at 7:42 AM (PDT)

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Sorry…bad typing.  Last part of that question was suppossed to be “firmware”.

thanks

Posted by Kevin. in Earth on June 10, 2003 at 7:45 AM (PDT)

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So XPlay vs ephPod, which is better? And which works with new 30G iPOD?

Posted by Siube on June 10, 2003 at 8:45 AM (PDT)

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I couldn’t copy over Korean songs and retain the korean filename.  Putting lack of Unicode support for XPlay aside—which is a shame as both Windows XP and iPod support Unicode, so XPlay shamelessly messed the name up—the interface of XPlay is rather intuitive.

You can just drag the songs over to the iPod, and voila!  It’s there.  No fusses, No hassles.  It just works. grin

Lastly, it replaced the generic hard drive icon with a spiffy polished iPod icon.  Nice touch.

Posted by Joaquin Menchaca in San Jose, California on June 14, 2003 at 8:10 AM (PDT)

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I’ve installed Xplay and it’s working fine with my new 30GB iPod and won’t hesitate to buy it when the trial period runs out. There’s just one thing that bothers me. When I add some albums to a playlist it alters the playing order and with others it doesn’t! What could be the cause?

Apart from this minor glitch I’m much happier with Xplay thatn with MusicMatch - double & triple entries etc and Ephpod - wouldn’t install playlists I created with Winamp!

Posted by Karen in Vienna on June 16, 2003 at 6:34 AM (PDT)

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Does xplay offer support for transferring aac files?

Posted by yraegmij on June 16, 2003 at 11:46 AM (PDT)

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I personally havent tried XPlay myself, I read on the Ephpod comments page that the page hasn’t been updated and Ephpod has a new version… So I gave it a go… It is the goods! Whats more its free… with the new version you dont have to uninstall anything so you can just try it… everything I have tried has worked perfectly… and whats more… it flies! Hope it helps…
As I mentioned… I havent tried XPLAY but I hope you find this helpfull… its not a competition remember! EPHPod also says it now installs playlists from Winamp… see how you go…

Posted by Dale in Sydney on June 24, 2003 at 5:30 AM (PDT)

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There are serial no.s / cracks available on the net for xplay if you ‘lose’ the serial number you got when you bought it.

Posted by Barry on June 26, 2003 at 6:47 AM (PDT)

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can anyone recommend a firewire/card to use for a windows xp?

Posted by Jim on June 26, 2003 at 12:12 PM (PDT)

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Hi, just got a 10GB IPOD and ran into number of problems relating to making it work with Windows ME. I am using Windows ME with a Sony Vaio

1- IPOd came formated for MAC
2- Musicmatch didn’t recognizes the IPOD
3- The updater keeps on syaing ‘can’t open IPOD’

I could see the IPOd as a drive in ‘my computer’ folder with disk format RAW. Stupidly I formated the IPOf to FAT32. NOw it is just an external hard disk. The restore program is not working with it.

I need help to restore it to the factory condition or in any condition for it to start working.

NEED HELP URGENTLY, THANX

Posted by Ali in Dubai on June 27, 2003 at 8:41 AM (PDT)

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I just got the 30gb ipod, ran the 2.01 update which along with updating to 2.01, installed the ipod manager. That way I stayed away from music match entirely. Clearly I’m not a mac user: win2k +firewire card. Next I downloaded ephpod and copied 25 gb of music in a very short period of time. Very nice! I love it.
Here’s the issue: I spent 1 hour in ephpod resolving/unifying my mp3 tags so same artists are same exact string and genres make sense. Its a nice tool for such a task. The problem is that this organization is only in my ipod db. When I blow my ipod db away I must start from scratch and redo all this. Does Xplay manage both the music on my hard disk and that on my ipod? That would rule.

Posted by chuck in boston on June 27, 2003 at 3:07 PM (PDT)

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Chuck, there’s a bit you can flip on Ephpod so it changes your ID tags in Windows as well as on the Ipod. It’s something to do with the F keys

Posted by John in Sydney on June 30, 2003 at 5:02 AM (PDT)

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Just got my iPod the other day.  Ran in to a couple snags that others may want to know about.

First, when I first tried to run the updater, the program stalled.  After this, the iPod would only show the folder with exclaimation point.  I almost paniced.  I tried running restore, but it kept stopping and saying, can’t write to disk.  With no other ideas, and no help on the Apple website, I just kept pluggin away, trying restarting the ipod, disconnecting and reconnecting it, mounting and unmounting it, and rerenning restore.  Then, about the sixth time I tried restore, the progress bar made it about 1/3 of the way befoer it quit.  I treid restore one more time, and it WORKED!!!  I was very relieved.  It seems to work fine now, but I was getting pissed.

Second, I, too, noticed that MusicMatch results in duplicate album and artist titles.  After some playing around,  this is what I discovered.  First, supertagging often results in title followed by several spaces.  When these are loaded into the iPod, it separates these titles if they have different or no spaces following the names.  There is no way to see these spaces in MusicMatch unless you select edit tag and click in the text box for the title.

To fix this, I had to normalize the data manually.  Select all the songs by an artist, edit tags, and check the box for artist.  Make sure it has no spaces, and say OK.  This will update all selected songs giving them the same name.  Then do the same for album.  It’s time consuming, annoying, definitely shouldn’t be necessary, but hey, that’s what I get for having a PC. 

When I get a Powerbook next year, you can bet all my songs are moving to iTunes.  The PC will just be for games and MatLab.

Hope this helps.  I’m really enjoying my iPod, but it’s such a headache to put my songs on the PC that it’s taking a while to get them there.

Posted by Nate in Norfolk, VA on June 30, 2003 at 11:13 AM (PDT)

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Just got a 30GB and within an hour, I was hating MusicMatch.  It;s simply awful.

XPlay does precisely what it is supposed to and it does it with the elegance one would expect when using an iPod.

Heartily recommended.

Posted by Jim K. in Hamden CT USA on July 3, 2003 at 6:34 PM (PDT)

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Hey I was wondering if someone could help me. I bought the 15 GB Ipods the day they came out in the US and it worked perfectly fine with my MAC, however now I am in India and don;t hhave my mac with me so I am using it on my windows pc (win 2k) When i first tried to use it with music match it wouldnt work until i downloaded macopener to read the mac drives, at that point both ehpod and musicmatch worked fine. Until my eval period ran out for macopener and now even musicmatch wont detect my ipod when it is connected.. does anyone know any way i can use my ipod with my windows machine without purchasing macopener or any of those programs? If i download xplay will it work without any of these programs? Any help would be awesome.

Cheers!

Posted by Vitek in Mumbai, India on July 8, 2003 at 3:03 AM (PDT)

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Xplay is not free, but EphPod is.  You r problem is, your iPod is formatted for mac, not for windows.  There is a difference.  To keep using it as a mac formatted ipod, you have to use ephPod or XPlay

Posted by Nate on July 8, 2003 at 4:25 PM (PDT)

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Jim K, use Media Jukebox on Windows with the iPod plugin - it can read and write to the little iPod device and beats the very pants off musicmatch

http://www.musicex.com/mediajukebox/

Posted by qwertyasdfgh in Islamabad on July 8, 2003 at 8:21 PM (PDT)

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I have been using ephpod but it only works when macopener was working.. now that its trial period is over it sphpod and musicmatch have stopped working. If i download xplay, will it work without mac opener since my ipod is mac formatted? or will i need some program like macopener to read the drive?

Posted by Vitek in Mumbai, India on July 8, 2003 at 10:03 PM (PDT)

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OK - I’m thick
Have new 30 gig ipod (1st Apple product bought) and agree, obviously, MusicMatch is dire. EPHPOD and XPLAY require fire wire, I only have USB connection. What’s my best work around?

Posted by mr wibble in uk on July 11, 2003 at 10:59 AM (PDT)

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xplay has v.good support but the syncing is buggy, so i’m not sure if i recommend it or not, it sometimes deletes everything in your iPod

Posted by ti on July 15, 2003 at 10:35 AM (PDT)

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A firewire PCI card can be had for about $30.  Get the card, save the hassle.

Posted by Nate on July 15, 2003 at 7:24 PM (PDT)

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xplay is very good

Posted by Jameel Sunderji in Dallas,TX on July 17, 2003 at 6:16 PM (PDT)

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where do you download the real xplay no the update

Posted by jam on July 17, 2003 at 6:27 PM (PDT)

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I have configured a 20gig apple ipod with the 1.26 updater to re-configure the ipod to windows format (abuddy sold me his 20gig for 150bucks along with some great accessories). On the ipod, under the about portion, it lists the number of songs on the ipod, but herein lies problem… the ipod shows that there is still full space on it… 18.5gigs left to be exact.  Is this a bug? Does anyone know how to fix it?!  Help me…

Posted by Steve-O in hawaii! on July 22, 2003 at 8:03 PM (PDT)

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To the guy asking for anyone with experience of 3G iPOD’s and Windows 98… my advice… upgrade your Windows Version! You’re stuck in t’past son! Nick a copy of ME or XP off your mate, or that bloke your dad knows wi all t’computers and t’one leg… he’s proper bo I tell thee…

XP ain’t as bad as it’s made out to be y’know… it’s been good for me so far…

Failing to mention the need to purchase a new modem, cos XP rejected my laptop’s internal one… ahh well… I’m using ADSL now so I don’t need it anyway, check me out cha’mone, heee-hee!

Posted by Jaxx in Kendal, England on July 24, 2003 at 1:04 PM (PDT)

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can i transfor data on my ipod with xplay like movies and stuff.
I have a 20gb ipod

hope to hear from you soon,

Randy

Posted by randy sinnema in The netherlands on August 1, 2003 at 12:19 PM (PDT)

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Randy,

Yes you can, just transfer the data onto the root of your pod (or create a folder for it) and off you go. No worries.

Posted by Big Dave in UK on August 11, 2003 at 3:33 AM (PDT)

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x play is awsome… it’s like window explorer.
you can use it very easily… 5star recommand. it’s worth. i use new ipod 15gb, usb2.0, window XP, time warner cable, and x play.

Posted by jay hoon choi on August 13, 2003 at 7:01 AM (PDT)

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I’m using JRiver’s “Media Center” to manage my iPod and media collection on my Windows machine. Really, it’s something very special - makes iTunes, xplay, ephpod all look weak.

You can use it to stream music and video across the internet.

You can use it to catalog files on the iPod, and play or slideshow them.

You can use it to rip/transcode a lot of formats, and script for MP3 or AAC output to iPod

http://www.musicex.com/mediacenter/

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

http://www.musicex.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=MediaCenter;action=display;num=1058463517

Posted by MediaCenter on August 13, 2003 at 7:15 AM (PDT)

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I finally made the move to XPlay.

I have been searching for an easy way to list my music in XPlay by genre.  That way I can consolidate what I perceive to be redundate genres (eg.  Hard Rock & Rock & Alternative Rock), and change them to one genre—Rock (or whatever).

I like to shuffle entire genres while I listen.

Advance apologies if this has been previously answered.

Thanks.

Posted by Alex in Hong Kong on August 17, 2003 at 5:59 AM (PDT)

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alex, i also used mediacentre and as well as genre listing it has smartlists so I can group genres together using logic rules and by year.
http://www.musicex.com/mediacenter/
http://www.musicex.com/mediacenter/
http://www.musicex.com/mediacenter/
http://www.musicex.com/mediacenter/
http://www.musicex.com/mediacenter/ http://www.musicex.com/mediacenter/
http://www.musicex.com/mediacenter/

Posted by Alex_LISTEN on August 17, 2003 at 12:24 PM (PDT)

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Hello,

I am using an iPod 15GB Firm. 2.0.1 on Windows 98SE FireWire updated.

Then my iPOD is Macintosh formatted.

I got Xplay AND ephPOD and it works good,
Xplay created an external harddisk called G:.

Ok, ok,  that is good!
BUT, the question is :
Can I use EPHpod without Xplay??? 
Is Xplay required to use ephPOD on Win98se with iPOD formatted MAC ???

Posted by Max in PARIS on August 18, 2003 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

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Does this work with the USB 1.1? My iPod works fine over it and I am on dial up and would rather save myself the download.

I must say for a great piece of hardware, Apple really let down it’s Windows users with MUSICMATCH… I mean you can’t reorganise playlists and stuff unless you add the whole thing again, then double tracks get added for different ID3v1 and v2 tags… argh!

Posted by Hamish on September 6, 2003 at 5:39 AM (PDT)

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Is there going to be a Windows based version of the MAC software used to upload songs etc??

Still waiting for my 20GB iPod cant wait. Also chance to use Firewire out. So this Xplay is defo worth getting?

Posted by Chris in Uk on September 17, 2003 at 3:08 PM (PDT)

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I purchased Anapod a couple of days ago..
Mainly because Xplay truncates file names when sending them from the Ipod to PC.

Anapod is a great addition for anyone using Xplay. Although I prefer using Xplay for transferring files to the Ipod as I don’t like or use TAGS (Anapod makes a TAG out of your filename if you don’t have one already). Once I’ve tranferred the files with Xplay I use Anapod’s Xstreamer to peruse the Ipod and play files through the browser but it also accomplished the real reason I plunked out $15 for Anapod. I can now transfer files back to the PC from my IPOD without the filenames being truncated. It does leave some track info—00—on the beginning of the filename and an extra .mp3 on the end of the filename once it’s back on the PC but then I simply use RENAMER utility to chop off the first 11 characters and last 4 characters of all the files I transferred back from the IPOD to PC in one WHACK!!! VOILA!!! All your filenames back exactly as they were when you first transferred them to the IPOD. Definitely worth the $15 to me just to be able to do this as now I can remove them from the laptop HD and just send them back to it when I want…
I posted this in the XPLAY FORUM but they removed it saying, “They don’t allow advertising”. No doubt as I’ve been asking for them to give bidirectional transfer restoring the original filename capability for some time but they haven’t updated XPLAY in 5 months so I don’t know whether it’s a dead product or what…

Posted by DaveI on November 11, 2003 at 8:18 AM (PDT)

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As a followup to my post yesterday…
RED (the author of Anapod) wrote me back saying I should be able to set the template filters so I would not have to do any renaming on the transfer back. After trying a few combinations again this time I got everything work great. Also I found out that XPLAY had been not writing the extension of alot of my files correctly (Although they played OK…Some were mpxx3 some mpxp3, etc. I deleted everything (2400) off the Ipod and this time uploaded them with ANAPOD…Everything looks good now and transfers to and from are working flawless now with Anapod so it looks like Xplay will be going to the dugout…

Posted by DaveI on November 12, 2003 at 9:12 AM (PDT)

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PERFECT!

Musicmatch box SUCKS!
XPLAY RULES!


=b

Posted by underworld in Sao Paulo - Brazil on November 17, 2003 at 4:51 AM (PDT)

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Xplay is OK for transferring TO the iPod…
I wanted to be able to transfer back FROM the iPod as well and maintain filenames without being truncated. ANAPOD does that beautifully. Not sure whether ITUNES does that since I’m on WinME on laptop and Win98SE on desktop and ITUNES is for XP/2000 only. I paid half of what I did for XPLAY for ANAPOD ($15) and I am now using ANAPOD exclusively although I still use the XPLAY tray icon to disconnect the iPod…At $15 for ANAPOD there’s no argument what’s the better deal given that it’s half the price of XPLAY and can transfer MP3z BOTH WAYS without truncating filenames like XPLAY does…
I wonder if I can sell my XPLAY licensed copy?

Posted by DaveI on November 17, 2003 at 5:46 PM (PDT)

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I am looking for a software that allows me to see the music files on the IPOD, copy move etc…, but I want to still be able to use itunes with no difficulty, does xplay affect itunes in any way

Posted by haddadlf in USA on November 22, 2003 at 7:09 AM (PDT)

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Hey, I’ve been looking through tons of Ipod software’s and XPlay is the only one that allows you to transfer foreign songs. Like the fact that I have korean songs. Musicmatch, Anapod, and Ephpod don’t work for transferring these foreign songs, only XPlay gets the job done.

Posted by David in New Jersey on November 30, 2003 at 5:17 PM (PDT)

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I use MP3 Book Helper (http://mp3bookhelper.sourceforge.net/) and Ephpod (http://www.ephpod.com/) to manage my iPod.  Book Helper is the best and most powerful and configurable batch ID3 tagging software around, bar none.  And it’s open sourced free software!

Posted by Bob s on December 1, 2003 at 5:33 AM (PDT)

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ok, i think iv found the perfect combination for mac-formatted ipods (i hav windows ME, so can’t use itunes for windows). i have a 3G 20gb ipod. ok, here we go….

1) first download xplay. it is so worth it- it has macdrive (or is that macopener?) built in, so windows can read the ipod in explorer.

2) Get the new ephpod. Its free, and since the mac software needed to run it is bundled in with xplay, iyou wont hav to fork out for macopener. ephpod in my opinion is better for creating playlists etc. and you can edit contacts and the calendar with it.

3) its optional, but i also use euPOD volume booster as i hav a european volume capped ipod.

there, nice and simple- buy xplay, use it with ephpod. bloody brilliant.

Posted by chriz in london on January 3, 2004 at 8:49 AM (PDT)

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Itunes 4.2 for windows IS da BEST SOFTWAre…but the only thing is that u cant tranfers music from Ipod to PC.

Posted by Xclusive on February 5, 2004 at 12:49 PM (PDT)

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Is Xplay run from your iPod?  Meaning if I installed it on my pc at home and went to my bro’s crib who doesn’t have Xplay, connected my iPod would I be able to use Xplay or not?

Posted by CoolerPod on February 26, 2004 at 8:59 PM (PDT)

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XPLAY is very useful when you have two computers…a Mac and a Windows PC…that you work on.  I have a Mac at home and an XP machine at work.  This program allows me to use the iPod as a hard-drive without the need to format it in FAT32, which caused me headaches before.  Highly recommended for those that need to go between Windows and Mac machines.

Posted by rjf on March 19, 2004 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

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Quick question: I use Windows Media Player 9 for all my audio, including ripping CDs etc.  This means that about 90% of my audio files are in WMA format.  I see that XPlay will automatically convert WMA to MP3 when transferring to the iPod, but two questions about this:

1. I would imagine that converting the files from WMA to MP3 while transferring to the iPod slows down the process.  Any info on what the resulting transfer rate is for FireWire and USB 2.0?

2. If you then sync between the iPod and PC, does this result in doubled copies of all your media?  i.e, does the iPod transfer MP3 copies of your media to your PC, or is it smart enough to recognize you already have the WMA version on your PC?

Running Windows XP, looking at the iPod 20GB and trying to decide whether to upgrade to FireWire or USB 2.0.  Any help appreciated.  Thanks!

Posted by Toby Nieboer on April 15, 2004 at 4:13 PM (PDT)

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Do not get this software!! I repeat, DO NOT GET THIS PROGRAM!!!!  I used it for an hour and it deleted every song on my ipod, all 16 gigs. Save your money and save your time on the trial.

Posted by Billy on April 18, 2004 at 4:45 PM (PDT)

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whats the deal with copying from ipod to your pc? i see my ipod as a harddrive and can go to the music folder and copy all songs to my real hdd

Posted by ewok in oklahoma on April 18, 2004 at 5:09 PM (PDT)

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if you want to extract files from your ipod with windows…
unplug your i-pod, uninstall itunes and then replug it in.  make sure that you have set up to see hidden files.
you can extract the files from the hard drive that appears.
this is a poor explination.

Posted by Justin James in Dayton on April 22, 2004 at 2:42 PM (PDT)

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Im running mac 10gig wheel iPod with XP/SP1, had a few problems getting PC to find and load drive in my computer, which was a pain,
Sorted by, safely disconecting iPod, closing all app’s, ran msconfig in start/run/ then disabled all virus checkers (McAfee security centre in my case) and apply and restart.

Get ready to plug your iPod in before windows loads and it should be detected under plug and play, if it dosent work first time try it again,
you should now have iPod detected in your my computer drive D/F/E depending on system set up.
I then installed XPLAY 1.3 and then updated that with 1.6 and its working a treat, I hate music match it is sh!t@

Version 2 of Xplay is now available for 15 days trial with upgrade costing $15.
Highly recommended stable software worth the money 4 sure.
Johnny G

Posted by Johnny G on June 29, 2004 at 3:55 AM (PDT)

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ive been searching every where and cant find out how to do this…my oc crashed and i lost all of my songs i got 20gig 4g and i wanted to take the song from that and place them back on my pc is that possible? or am i just driving my self crazy

Posted by Paul Smith on September 24, 2004 at 6:45 AM (PDT)

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ive been searching every where and cant find out how to do this…my oc crashed and i lost all of my songs i got 20gig 4g and i wanted to take the song from that and place them back on my pc is that possible? or am i just driving my self crazy

Posted by Paul Smith on September 24, 2004 at 6:48 AM (PDT)

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I have a 40gb ipod that is configured to a PC.  I just recently bought a Mac Powerbook G4 and i would like to put songs from my powerbook library onto my PC configured Ipod.  how do i do this and keep the ipod configure to the PC?  PLEASE HELP.  Email @ .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Posted by Natalie Thomas on November 21, 2004 at 2:22 PM (PDT)

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I have had battery problems with 2 I-pods.When I replaced the last
one the Tech at apple said x-play
may be the reason. Anyone else
experiencing this problem?

Posted by gag1 on January 5, 2005 at 6:07 PM (PDT)

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Please note that XPlay does NOT assist in transfering playlists, ratings, and other metadata into iTunes.  If you want to do that, it appears CopyPod is the best bet.

Posted by DaveSmiley on August 4, 2005 at 2:39 PM (PDT)

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Sweet app! I use Xplay 2.2.2 to copy files to/from my PC to my mini and nano - simply drag & drop in either direction. Simple & easy explorer type interface. I’ve been iTunes free for several weeks now and feel like I can make it now. Anapod would require I buy two copies - one for each iPod. iTunes can’t handle two iPods unless I log out & log in as another user (sheesh!) not to mention the lousey MP3 encoder (use LAME). Xplay is simple and easy, don’t get some of the previous comments. Try the free trial & see for yourself.

Posted by astrassb on October 4, 2005 at 3:06 PM (PDT)

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anybody knows that if Xplay can copy files to/from my PC to my ipod without lossing the CD artwork(Album Cover)?
I hate to find the artwork again!!!

tanks a lot & happy new yr !

Sean

Posted by djMUSH on January 5, 2006 at 9:54 AM (PDT)

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anybody knows that if Xplay can copy files to/from my PC to my ipod without lossing the CD artwork(Album Cover)?
coz iTune&ipod; doesnt read PC’s Album Cover…
I hate to find the artwork again!!!

cheers

Posted by djMUSH on January 5, 2006 at 9:55 AM (PDT)

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