Ipods and Itunes - What are they all about?

David Poehlman david.poehlman at handsontechnologeyes.com
Mon Oct 26 15:21:50 EDT 2009

actually, mp3s and wavs are supported by itunes transfer to ipod and  
maybe another file format or two.  also, in order to get voice onto  
the ipods other than the ipod touch, you have to get it put on through  
itunes and even on the touch to enable it, you need to do it with  
itunes but this just requires checking a box because everything is  

On Oct 26, 2009, at 2:46 PM, Jason Miller wrote:


Here is what is with iPods and iTunes. iTunes is the music player that
comes standard with the apple systems, and can be downloaded onto

An iPod is like you said, the player. As far as differences with iPods
and other players, there are quite a few. Some of the  iPods now come
accessible out of the box with Macintosh's screen reader built in
(it's called Voice Over). That will read you the song files,
playlists, and do a bunch more apparently. There is a solve all for
older iPods too, up to generation 5.5. It's called rockbox, and
although it's something like the main speakup voice, or the orca for
ubuntu voice, it does the same thing, and it makes the older iPods
accessible. You can go to www.rockbox.org to check out the system,
it's an entire firmware replacement for the iPods, and not just a
screen reader.

As for other differences, you can get iPods up to like 180 GB now of
storage, which you can't do with many (or most of) the other players.
I don't know wat all the iPod supports, but that is where you need
iTunes. You make you playlist, or sync your iPod on iTunes, and it
transfers all of your music, no matter which *supported* extension, to
the iPod in a certain (M4A I think) format.
I hope that helps explain the differences a little.
On 10/26/09, Georgina Joyce <r2gl at o2.co.uk> wrote:
> Hi All
> Could someone explain in simple terms what Itunes and Ipods are all
> about?  How different is it from using a standard mp3 player and  
> putting
> files into different directories?  Yes you can buy electronic copies  
> of
> music from itunes but will they only play on an Ipod?  Are there Ipods
> that are accessible now?  Do these linux Ipod tools make storing and
> choosing music easy?  I'm guessing Itunes and Ipods  don't handle in  
> any
> shape or form with vorbis ogg files?
> In short, how accessible is an Ipod and Itunes from the linux platform
> and what are the advantages over a standard mp3 player?
> Many thanks.
> --
> Gena
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> this.
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> (freedom 2).
>    * The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements
> to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3).  
> Access
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