Recovering music from your iPhone!

Everyone knows that iPhones and iPod Touches are NOTHING like their predecessors when it comes to restoring your music library after some catistrophic computer mishap or hard drive failure. It happens a lot, and I’m probably one of the biggest culprits. A while back, I found all my songs on my iPod Nano, imported them into iTunes without copying them onto my computer, and then told iTunes to wipe my iPod. Within seconds, all my music (yeah, at the time it was only 8 gigs, but still) was gone. Needless to say, I wasn’t very pleased. I figured that the easiest way to help people out with it is to write up a little tutorial. Below, you’ll find tutorials for PC as well as Mac users, and all the download links you need.

“I’m a PC.”

Well, isn’t that nice for you then. The PC tutorial is markedly easier, and involves just one piece of software that many people already have: WinAmp. WinAmp is an iTunes replacement, and can be tweaked to do anything from DJ’ing to internet radio broadcasting. However, we are going to install a plugin that allows it to interface with an iPod Touch or iPhone, and back up its music. Alright; lets get started.

Download everything!
You’ll need to download Winamp, and the ml_iPod plugin for Winamp. Make sure you get version 3.08 or later of ml_iPod or it won’t support iPhone/iPod Touch devices. You do not need to download the “Pro” version of Winamp, and you can choose whether or not you want to download it with the free bundled .mp3. Install Winamp first by running the file you downloaded, follow all the steps, and enable any features you’d like. Then, run the ml_iPod plugin installer, follow all the steps, restart Winamp if its running, and get ready to rock and roll.

Getting started.
If you haven’t already, plug your iPod Touch/iPhone into your computer, run iTunes, but DO NOT SYNC IT or you will lose all of your music. Connecting it is crucial in initializing the device communication drivers. Next, you’ll want to close iTunes completely and open up WinAmp. If all goes well, you should notice your iPod Touch/iPhone on the left hand side menu. If not, try unplugging your device, waiting a minute or so, and plugging it back in. Still no luck? Restart your computer and re-launch Winamp, then try again. If you’re still getting nothing, you may have installed something wrong, old, or corrupted, and I recommend you uninstal everything and start from step one again, or contact me.

Prepping your device.
The best way to guarantee a clean backup is to make sure your device has a clean, correct database. This means that the file used to organize, list, and pull up songs is clean. Luckily, the ml_iPod plugin has a feature to clean up your database for you. Right click your iPod Touch/iPhone, select “iPod Tools” and choose Cleanup part 1. If you want to ensure your device is fully cleaned up, I’d run parts 2 and 3 afterwards. This may take some time, but it is well worth it. Cleanup part 1 removes any “orphaned” or unused database entries. Part 2 checks every file for consistency, and part 3 checks for any songs that it could not find.

Backup Time!
Here’s where things get hairy, at least for me. Go to start, click “My Computer,” and select your primary hard drive (usually “C:”). An issue I noticed with ml_iPod is that when it backs songs up to your computer, it copies them to the root folder of your primary hard drive, and for this reason, I IMPLORE that you make note of any and all files and folders in the root of your hard drive (anything in the folder “C:/). After you’ve done this, its time for some backing up. Go back into Winamp, clicking your device, and selecting any songs you want on your computer. Right click your selection, and select “Copy songs to hard drive.” You may have to wait a little bit as it copies, but once it finishes, you should have all of your songs back on your hard drive! Just move them to a place where you’ll be able to find them later, unplug your iPod, and go on your own merry way.

“I’m a mac.”

I’m still working on a tutorial for Mac users; the only method I’ve been able to come up with so far involves using a free trial, and I’m not a fan of 30 day trials. I should have a Mac tutorial up within a few days. Hang tight, and contact me with any immediate questions.

How to speed up your computer’s hard drive

My hard drive is slow.

So is my processor, but thats not the point. I think my hard drive is something like 5,600 rpm’s, which is slow. my computer makes up for it by having a sweet graphics card, but again, thats not the point. I hate my slow hard drive, and I wanted to fix it. Being my lazy self, though, I didn’t look into it until something popped up in my inbox today. The letter is from Tuneup, the makers of the software I use to speed up various parts of my computer. I experienced a noticable boost in load times of some applications after following their advice, and I can now copy files to and from my hard drive about 25% faster. Awesome.

How did I do it?

All these nifty speed boosts can be obtained by activating your computer’s “Cache.” Normally, your computer writes 100% of everything it needs to save directly onto the hard drive. Because hard drives can only write so fast, this slows your computer down as it waits for an accumulating list of files to be written. By using a cache, files that need to be written are saved on a portion of your RAM, so that whenever your computer is under less of a load, the files that are ‘cached’ can be written. In the mean time, your computer just keeps on going full speed ahead. Read on to see just how I did this. Be warned that this tutorial is Windows-specific. Sorry, Mac users. Continue reading

my iPod VNC tutorial

As promised, I said I’d turn my old youtube video into a (much) updated tutorial.
All I’m going to do is teach you how to control your computer with your iPod Touch or iPhone. All this means is that you can see your computer screen on your iPod, and you can click/type/etc. just as you would normally, except on your iPod Touch.

Its also nice for fooling your friends into thinking you have Windows XP on your iPod Touch.

Ok. To start, you will need 3 things:

  1. Client software (i.e. what lets you VIEW other computers) for your iPod Touch.
  2. Server software (i.e. what clients connect to) for your computer.
  3. Internet connection for both your iPod Touch AND your computer
  4. Access to the router that your computer is hooked up to (assuming that you are not using dial-up or are only using a modem).
  5. About an hour of free time.

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iPod Touch 2g finally jailbroken!

If you are one of the many people with a second generation iPod Touch, waiting long and patiently for an iPod Touch 2G jailbreak, fear no more. There is a jailbreak open to the public, and it does not involve plugging it into your computer every time you start it up (in otherwords, there is an ‘untethered’ jailbreak out). 

Read more to see my guide on how to jailbreak your iPod. Like anything, I wouldn’t recommend that you jailbreak your iPod Touch unless you really know what you’re doing. If you want to see a full length, detailed guide, try iPodTouchFans.com. Thats where I go, so what do you have to lose? As I only own a first generation iPod Touch, I can’t answer all your questions, and would request that you go to this website with any specific questions. Of course, I’ll answer anything posted here to the best of my ability. Regardless, I can’t wait to see all the cool developments that will come about thanks to this update. 

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Fixing Jailbroken iPod Touch, iPhone Problems

Wow. Wowwww. That was kinda scary.

So, my iPod Touch was running jailbroken firmware (version 2.1) was in need of an update to firmware 2.2. Apparently, you need to be running unjailbroken firmware version 2.2 to jailbreak it. So, I just thought it would be as simple as going into iTunes and restoring my iPod’s software to the new version.

I was stupid enough to forget that iTunes rejects blatantly jailbroken devices, such as mine. Duhr. Naturally, it told me my iPod could not be restored, and it spat some error message at me before disconnecting my iPod to my computer. On top of this, it told me there was a problem with the software used to connect my iPod to my computer (it had told me this before, but I hadn’t noticed any problems with it). I know there are a lot of people with my problem, so I thought I’d share what I did.

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