iPodDisk

iPodDisk
iPodDisk
is a Mac app that runs a mini-web-server that uses WebDAV to translate Finder requests into accessing of the iPod’s database of songs.

End result?
You can drag songs onto and off of your iPod!
A very cool application of WebDAV technology.

Iain and I tested it a bit.
When I double-clicked the app on my G5 with my iPod connected, the only thing that happened was that I suddenly had a new disk on my desktop called “iPodDisk”, which automatically opened.
This thing runs with zero configuration!

After I got over my amazement, I set up my firewall to allow port 8765 through, and Iain was able to mount my iPod on his desktop at work.
it was a bit sluggish, but sped right up to the limit of my upstream bandwidth once I turned off BitTorrent.
:-D

Rating: ☆☆☆
It would get a full 5 stars if it allowed write access, which WebDAV can handle, but perhaps the iPod-library-reading code,
libgpod, cannot.
Actually, libgpod is the achilles’ heel of this app.
When Apple changes its library format, libgpod will have to be updated to track it, if it can.
So next time you update your iPod software/firmware, this may stop working.



2 Responses to “iPodDisk”

  1. iainb Says:

    Very cool app. I can’t wait to try this out when I get home.

  2. Isaac Huang Says:

    Hi,

    Libgpod supports iPod-library-writing very well. Actually, write-access support is on the todo list of iPodDisk:
    http://trac.ourbiti.com/wiki/TodoList

    It’ll be implemented only when the read-access is stable and fast.

    Glad that you liked iPodDisk ;)

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