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Scripting the iPod

Sunday, February 10, 2008 by Dave Winer.

A Sunday morning exploration... Permalink to this paragraph

I want to write a script to move podcasts from my Mac hard disk to my New Podcasts playlist on my iPod. Permalink to this paragraph

More simply: A script to add an MP3 file to a playlist on an iPod. If it has to go through iTunes, so be it. It must be relatively simple and reliable. Permalink to this paragraph

I can write the script in AppleScript, but I'd prefer to write it in UserTalk so that porting to Windows (if possible) won't be a completely new project.  Permalink to this paragraph

Update #1: I found this tool from Peter Breuls. (It doesn't contain any code for copying to an iPod.) Permalink to this paragraph

Update #2: This 2003 post from Adam Curry mentions a script created by "Marcus" that does what I want. Permalink to this paragraph


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