The Apple iPod For Windows Begins A New Legacy

How Do I Get My Music On The iPod? Continued

Moving files to the iPod is a pretty easy task. You have the option to just drag music files out of your Musicmatch library onto the iPod, or better yet, you can set your iPod to sync with your Musicmatch library upon connection. Depending on how you want to manage your music, syncing your library may or may not be a good idea.

Musicmatch will also help you get your contacts and appointments from your Palm Desktop or Outlook into your iPod, which includes a basic contact manager and appointment application. Both of these applications are pretty basic and are included for the convenience factor only. They are not really designed to be robust applications.

While we are on the subject, the iPod also includes a clock/ alarm application, as well as a breakout style game to help you kill time. Apple didn't really design the iPod to handle applications, but it is obvious that many users would like to be able to do more with their iPods than just listen to music.

Because the iPod has upgradeable firmware, it should be fairly easy for Apple to build additional applications for the iPod platform, but it remains to be seen if this is a direction that Apple is going to take.

There are other software options for the Apple iPod, such as Mediafour's XPlay application for iPod. XPlay uses a more familiar "Explorer" type interface for managing the iPod. This may feel more comfortable to typical Windows users that don't have experience with Musicmatch. Since I have been a Musicmatch user for some time, I was not put off by the fact that Apple chose to use the Musicmatch interface, but after seeing iTunes, it is obvious that there are better solutions. While at IDF, we were talking to one of the guys from Musicmatch who suggested that the next release of Musicmatch would feature a major overhaul of the user interface. If this is the case, it could be that Musicmatch will rival iTunes in the future, but, at least for the moment, if you don't like Musicmatch, you might want to consider other products such as XPlay or EphPod; however, do be warned that they might only be compatible with the MAC version of the iPod.

We knew it was in development for some time. XPlay from Mediafour acts as another possible interface for getting your music from your PC to your iPod.
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