10 MUST HAVE APPLICATIONS FOR USING AN IPOD WITH WINDOWS!
After purchasing your very first iPod, have you connected
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THIS is where you can get started. Till a few years back,
the software was bundled along with the player, but not any
more. You can download the latest copy of iTunes + iPod from
www.apple.com/itunes/download. Install iTunes and plug in your
iPod to your computer. In your iTunes window, click the "File |
Sync iPod" menu command. And there you go, your iPod is up
and running! You can download a host of your favorite album art,
subscribe to Podcasts and also download your favorite television
show episodes. The only glitch is that the iTunes store is not
available worldwide. One advice, keep the "Manually manage
music and videos" option checked, or else the songs on your
iPod will be reset each time you connect the device to the iTunes.
Also if you upgrade the version of iTunes for your iPod, it will not
be compatible with any previous versions.
IF YOU update your collection of songs frequently,
you might lose track of the number of files appearing in
your iTunes library. Even if you don’t add files, and you have
changed the original location of your files after adding them to
the library, iTunes does not search and replace them. To avoid
such a big confusion, you can use iTunesFolderWatch. You can
download a trial version of the software free of cost from http://
You can directly import tracks into iTunes and they can be
eventualy organized automatically into playlists, making it very
easy for you to browse for any new additions that have been
made to your iTunes library.
IF YOU are perpetually tuned into Last.fm, then this
one's for you. The iSproggler application "sproggles" or tracks
the songs that you play on your iPod and the name of the song
is added to your Last.fm music profile. The tracks are sproggled
from your iPod after you synchronize it with your iTunes. iTunes
picks up the tracks recently played on your iPod through the
updated play count.
IF YOU are waiting with baited breath to attend
concerts of your favorite bands, whose tracks are playing in loops
on your iPod, this application is for you. You can download this
free iTunes Plug-in from http://www.iconcertcal.com. Install the
add-in on your PC. You can view all your add-ins through iTunes
visualizations. Select the iConcertCal from "View | Visualizations"
menu command and press [Ctrl] + [T] to view it. Type your city
and state. And voila! You can view a personalized calendar of
upcoming concerts and what's more, you can buy the concert
tickets as well! This application is not avaliable outside a few
selected locations in the USA.
DO YOU crave for knowledge when on the go? Then
Wikipedia.org can come to your rescue. But how can you get an
enormous website like Wikipedia.org on your iPod? Well, you can
use an application called the Encyclopodia. While it is extremely
user friendly and easy to use, it doesn't work on, with the
following iPods, namely 5th Generation (Video), Nano, Video, and quite obviously the shuffle (it does not have a display). You can
download the application free of cost from http://encyclopodia.
HAVE you always dreamt of having your own karaoke
machine at home, but couldn't afford one? Well with the help of
this application, you can make that dream come true. Although
you can't really use this on your iPod, but you can surely use
it with your iPod. You can add lyrics to your tracks and then
put them on your iPod. If you decide to play music from your
iPod, you can relay the lyrics by installing this application on
your target computer. For free download of the application
visit www.crintsoft.com/dl.htm. You can buy the application (or
donate to the website) if you like it.
IF YOU collect music from many of your friends, this is
an absolute must-have, whether you own an iPod or not! You
don’t even need to install the software; just extract the contenst
of the zip file and run it on your machine. You can search folders
for duplicate files through combination of file name, size,
modification date and content and you can then delete them
manually or automatically. You can download a free copy of the
application from www.bigbangenterprises.de/en/doublekiller.
SUPER is an acronym for Simplified Universal Player
Encoder & Renderer. With this application, you can convert both
audio and video files to file format that your iPod supports. You can also separate the music from any video file, if you need to
do so. Hence, you can have store your media files irrespective
of their formats and, eventually ensure that your iPod can play
them with the help of SUPER. Free download of the application is
available at www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html.
YOU might have used many add-ons for your web
browser so that you can download and view videos from popular
video sharing websites. Have you ever dreamt of downloading
videos directly for your iPod, that too without any format
conversion? Then you need this application. Although you can
use an application called iTube to download videos directly from
youtube to your iPod, with this application, you get access to
over 45 web portals to download videos from. You can download
the application free of cost from http://ares.mp3.es.
SOME people find iTunes difficult to use especially
because there are hardly any add-ons for non MAC users.
Moreover, the server of the iTunes store is either down, or it isn't
available in most countries. Also, the iTunes player tends to be
extremely selective of the media that it plays and eventually
saves it on to your iPod. You can avoid these issues altogether
by switching your loyalties to another application. One such
freeware is Media Monkey. It provides you with all the features
of iTunes, is lighter on your system, because it does not run
multiple applications simultaneously. Moreover, you can also rip
music CDs. The application is free and can be downloaded from
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