Tuesday, July 31, 2007

SharePod SDK Code Samples

I've been getting lots of questions about how to use the SharePod SDK and to provide more code samples... so thats what I'm going to do. They will be added to the SharePod SDK page and to the SDK download.

This shows how easy it is (under 10 lines including some error checking!) to get a list of tracks on your iPod:

IPod iPod = null;
IPod iPod = SharePod.GetConnectediPod();
catch (BaseSharePodException ex)
foreach (Track track in iPod.Tracks)
Debug.WriteLine(String.Format("{0} - {1} - {2}",
track.Title, track.Artist, track.Album);

Monday, July 30, 2007

SharePod 3.4

  • Multi-column sorting
  • Better support for old iPods
  • Hopefully fixed occasional drag-drop not working bug

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

New iPod

Yay, I've finally gone out and bought myself a new iPod. Its the 30GB Video model.

My 3rd generation which I've had for almost 3 years finally died (the padlock icon just switched on, and wouldnt turn off, even after draining battery and restoring with iTunes). Apparently it just happens sometimes...

I was going to get a new one soon anyway, so wasnt too annoyed, but then I read a rumour of the new iPod coming out in september! Doh!

I've played with the video iPods before, so there wasnt really any surprises, apart from how little has really changed! For example, I still cant use the Bass Booster EQ setting without distortion. (And I dont have crappy headphones or anything). To avoid the distortion, you have to use MP3Gain on all your MP3s to limit them to 89db.

I was hoping that after a couple of years things like that would have been fixed!

The lack of Album Art from SharePod is now starting to annoy me.... and thats all I'll say about that for a little while :)

Who doesn't need lists?

I like lists. Lists are great to keep track of what I'm doing (or should be doing...). I usually use simple txt files, but thats really annoying when I'm using different computers.

After a bit of looking, I came across TadaList.com from 37Signals, which gives you simple online lists. Its a couple of clicks to create a list and add items to it. You can tick things off (and un-tick to track your progress) but they've resisted adding lots of extraneous features to it. Which is great :)

Its completely free and you get a nice URL (http://yourname.tadalist.com)