Build your own iTunes phone

by Volker Weber

So what is all the fuzz about the Motorola ROKR, a.k.a. the iTunes phone? It syncs with iTunes, and it has an iTunes-like MP3 player software on the device. From what I hear, the player on the phone is pretty slow. Nobody will miss that. But it is nice that you drag tracks from iTunes on the phone, when it's connected. That is much nicer than fiddling with directories and files.

Enter SyncTunes. It will let you synchronize one of your playlists and also your podcasts with your phone. It just has to show up as a drive when connected, or you can pop your storage card into any reader you like. This is what it looks like:


There is one thing this does not give you: The option to fill your storage card with random tracks. Other than that it is as good as iTunes in moving files onto the ROCKR. There is a lot of attention to detail in this program, e.g. it removes Mac OS X hidden files from the folders SyncTunes uses on memory cards. Very, very nice. I am going to use this program to sync my Samsung player.

[via Malte]


Can't you use a smart playlist to fill your device with random tracks?

Ole Saalmann, 2005-09-10

You could use a smart playlist with 50 tracks for instance. But there is no condition like "combined size smaller than 480 MB".

Volker Weber, 2005-09-10

If your playlist does not fit on the slected volume, SyncTunes asks if you want to continue anyway. If you do so, it fills the volume.

A setting in SyncTunes could make this even easier. I'll suggest it to the author.

Ole Saalmann, 2005-09-10

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