January 20, 2004
by Greg Townsend
"Synch iPod-iTunes Data" synchronizes select data between your iPod and iTunes. The data that can be synchronized are "Date Last Played", "Play Count", "Rating" and "Comments". The data can be transferred from iPod to iTunes or the reverse, or can be synchronized between the two. This application is designed for those who manually manage their iPod playlists.
iTunes 3.0 or later
Drag the application to your "Applications" folder (or anywhere else you like).
To use the application, select the appropriate values as follows:
When the selections have been made, click one of the buttons representing
synchronization modes at the bottom of the application. If you elect to
synchronize (rather than perform a one-way transfer), the script will assign
the data to tracks in iTunes and iPod as follows:
Bugs and Limitations
There is no way to match a track in iPod with the exact track from which it was derived in iTunes. The script collects the iPod or iTunes song's match criteria, and finds tracks in the destination playlist or iPod with matching information; with a large library you may have more than one matching track.
I realize that there are track data other than the ones I have chosen
to synchronize that could be used, but I didn't think there would be much
use for synchronizing the other data. I am, however, willing to consider
Version 1.0.1 (January 20, 2003)• Removed extraneous script that could result in an error message regarding "iTunes Infohound"
Version 1.0 (January 4, 2003)
• Original release
The Fine Print
I made this for fun, and you're getting it for free. That means that in the unlikely event that your computer crashes and burns while you're using it, you can't get anything out of me other than a heartfelt apology and an earnest effort to help you figure out what went wrong. You are free to give this away, but you cannot sell it; please include this Read Me with the package if you do distribute it to others.
Please feel free to send reports of bugs or feature requests to me at < firstname.lastname@example.org >. As I mostly hear from disgruntled customers, I'm not sure how well this is working for most people, so I would welcome a brief note if it works well for you.