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DIY 80GB iPod Touch

timothy posted about 4 years ago | from the cloudy-today dept.

Hardware Hacking 110

An anonymous reader writes "Having recently acquired an iPod Touch, DeviceGuru blogger Rick Lehrbaum soon found himself with an 80GB iPod paperweight knocking around and collecting dust. Then it hit him: why not use a Pogoplug as an iPod server, effectively filling his nifty new iPod Touch with 80GB of music whenever he has WiFi access? The how-to article at DeviceGuru.com explains how a Pogoplug and iPod Touch combined with free web services at pogoplug.com combine to form the 'PogoPod System.' It also introduces the Pogoplug's new UPnP support, and briefly reviews a couple of UPnP media-rendering iPhone and iPod Touch apps."

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Plug (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785172)

Can some one please shitcan this plugoplug article?

Re:Plug (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785200)

The /. editors could just glance at the page before posting...

Re:Plug (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785332)

Here's a link if you'd like to buy several Pogoplugs IMMEDIATELY [cloudengines.com].

Search tags: music ipod fulfillment great awesome usb external drive share ethernet network wireless

Re:Slashvertisement (1)

Rantastic (583764) | about 4 years ago | (#31785576)

This is what the little "-" button is for, people. Lets subtract this crap until it goes negative.

Re:Plug (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785610)

Really. I just checked out the Pogoplug site and it's nothing more than a USB router that they are trying to sell for $130 USD. My cheapo DSL modem/router supports USB devices to be shared across the LAN, WAN or internet. Even if your router doesn't, you could just setup a simple HTTP or FTP server, or run Opera Unite to accomplish the same thing for free.

Considering that you can pick up a 1TB USB drive for almost half the cost as this Pogoplug piece of crap, I can't see how this article is anything but blatant marketing.

Re:Plug (2, Informative)

ImYourVirus (1443523) | about 4 years ago | (#31785754)

You forgot to mention that if you want to access the drive *outside* of your lan, its either a yearly or monthly rate of like 20 or 30 dollars a month. And you have to use their service to access the configuration of the device.

Re:Plug (3, Insightful)

ottothecow (600101) | about 4 years ago | (#31785832)

So...you buy a $130 device and pay a few hundred a year (to use outside your home)...to connect your old few hundred dollar device to your new few hundred dollar device?

And all it gets you is 16 more GB than the biggest version of the new few hundred dollar device? Only when it has internet access? And this genius gets on the front page?

Re:Plug (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785804)

Hey, shut up! That's serious hacking going on there!

Man, DeviceGuru are scary good hackers.

Re:Plug (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31786846)

Quick! To the geohot mobile!

Re:Plug (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 4 years ago | (#31787996)

You might be right. If the thing was a "paperweight" like TFA claims, and now it works there must be some kind of magic going on. Have monster started selling unobtanium tipped USB cables with philosphers' stone insulation?

Re:Plug (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31788532)

It's not even an Ipod Touch. It's some other Ipod. Touches come in 8, 16 and 32gig... and they are already wifi enabled ?????

Why? (1)

Fayn (1003629) | about 4 years ago | (#31785182)

Because we can.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31786454)

I've been able to do this since 2005 using an HP iPaq with TCPMP, Windows Mobile 2003 (I know it sucks, but it works), and a Samba fileshare.

Right now I have a 1TB MP3 player that plays almost all videos as well, with a bigger screen. That and I don't need some hokey external service.

So let me get this straight... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785198)

This article discusses... connecting an iPod to a thing that supports connecting iPods to it?
In other words... it's *not* about making an 80gb iPod touch?

In other news: Man listens to FM radio channel using FM Radio!

Re:So let me get this straight... (3, Insightful)

Captain Splendid (673276) | about 4 years ago | (#31785428)

No shit. I was all ready for some hacking goodness, not some hacky shit.

I usually berate people who say it, but this is some new kind of low for this place.

Re:So let me get this straight... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31786008)

+1

Re:So let me get this straight... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785470)

> In other news: Man listens to FM radio channel using FM Radio!

Correction: In other news: Man listens to FM radio channel using FM Radio

Re:So let me get this straight... (1)

the_humeister (922869) | about 4 years ago | (#31785514)

OTOH, the Pogoplug looks like a nice, cheap device to mess around with an ARM-based device, cheaper than an iPod Touch or iPad.

Re:So let me get this straight... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785886)

You could just buy a Kuro-Box though, and put the hard drive *inside*.

Re:So let me get this straight... (1)

the_humeister (922869) | about 4 years ago | (#31785924)

Kuro Box is more expensive. I like the Sheeva plug, I'm not usre if it's made anymore.

Re:So let me get this straight... (1)

moonbender (547943) | about 4 years ago | (#31786898)

It is, and they've made a new and improved version called the GuruPlug with pretty awesome connectivity.

Re:So let me get this straight... (4, Informative)

obarthelemy (160321) | about 4 years ago | (#31787062)

The basic one is still made:
http://www.newit.co.uk/shop/products.php?cat=5 [newit.co.uk] Cheap, USB+Ethernet

Updated version are coming RealSoonNow, including one with HDMI
http://www.newit.co.uk/shop/products.php?cat=11 [newit.co.uk] there's a version with eSATA
http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-33-guruplug-display.aspx [globalscal...logies.com]

And Marvell announced a v.3 at CES last Jan, no real product announced yet.

All of those support Debian, Ubuntu is on the way out since the new Ubuntu requires some instruction set extension that are not available on the old plugs.

There's a very active community at http://plugcomputer.org/plugforum/index.php [plugcomputer.org]

Re:So let me get this straight... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785920)

OTOH, the Pogoplug looks like a nice, cheap device to mess around with an ARM-based device, cheaper than an iPod Touch or iPad.

The pogoplug requires an annual fee, and them to have access to your files and passwords. Not that they'd ever use that info, oh no. They promised!

Re:So let me get this straight... (2, Insightful)

hairyfeet (841228) | about 4 years ago | (#31788144)

Or you could just buy a Sheevaplug [openplug.org] and save yourself the monthly fee for using the crap being pedaled in this "hack". Or if you really wanted to be a cheapskate just pick up a SFF PC for a little of nothing, since all it is gonna do is serve files a 733MHz will do just fine, slap Linux and a decent sized HDD in and you're good to go.

Seriously, does nobody read these things before they get posted anymore? I was hopped up expecting some cool hack, not some cheap ass ad for an overpriced POS. Note-plugging something into a USB port is NOT a hack! Hell if we are gonna start calling crap like this "DIY" then my 67 year old dad with his 14 USB ports must be like the king of the DIY hackers! Now if I can just teach him how to actually do two things on a PC at once he'll rule the world! Muh ha ha ha ha!

Re:So let me get this straight... (1)

MartinSchou (1360093) | about 4 years ago | (#31785638)

In other news: Man listens to FM radio channel using FM Radio!

Sure, but it's using the Apple iFM iP*d/iPhone attachment!

Re:So let me get this straight... (1)

iamhassi (659463) | about 4 years ago | (#31787502)

You missed the effectively part! That's the most important part!

Next up: Man makes SUV effectively 1000 mpg by rolling downhill!

How convenient. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785204)

The very day that Apple announces that only their newest phones will support multitasking why here we have on /. an article pimping how having an otherwise useless iDevice is a good thing. I guess we know what folks are supposed to do with their old iPhones now.

Shame.

This place died long ago. I miss it.

I won't mourn it though.

Re:How convenient. (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | about 4 years ago | (#31787994)

Indeed. I was going to say that maybe they're just scraping the barrel for the obligitary daily Apple story, but we already have the Iphone story as you note, and there's the Ipad story. I guess now we get daily stories for each of Apple products.

Imagine, the Slashdot headlines of 2015:

* Boring DIY hacks for your old iPad.
* Blog spots Apple ordering new parts, rumours of revolutionary magical new device that will change your life!
* Announcement of a pre-announcement that Apple will soon announce a minor update to the iPod.
* Whole new version of Ubuntu, so let's cover something else for a change.
* Iphone to get multitasking, at last.
* Apple blocks non-approved food items from being stored in the iFridge.

What's the point? (1)

Elshar (232380) | about 4 years ago | (#31785214)

I mean, isn't the whole point of having an iPod or whatever so you can listen to music wherever you are? I mean, at that point you could just use pandora or any media server (Mediatomb, playon, tversity, etc, etc), or any of the myriad online streaming radio stations.

Sure, this is cool. But not it's not like the guy hacked a 80GB SSD drive into an old iPod.

Re:What's the point? (1)

stms (1132653) | about 4 years ago | (#31785446)

Or you could use simplify media and you listen to music streamed from your computer over 3-G.

Nice commercial review (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785222)

Just what i wanted when i visited /.

Guy uses device as intended (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785224)

Guy plugs a USB harddrive into a retail convertor box for internet use, uses it over internet using provided application. Video at 11.

Title correction: (5, Insightful)

wolrahnaes (632574) | about 4 years ago | (#31785228)

"DIY installing an app on an iPod Touch"

The guy's just plugging an external hard drive in to a minimalist Linux system (the early review versions are clearly SheevaPlug units with a sticker attached and some custom software) and accessing it from an iPod Touch. Whoop-dee-fucking-doo.

The post title implies something actually interesting like a way to hack more than the X GB of storage space Apple currently offers on to the iPod Touch platform, not "here's how to access a UPnP share from a WiFi connected handheld.

Re:Title correction: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785254)

Only Apple can make file sharing exciting again.

Next up they'll introduce the 2 button mouse and the worlds critics will rave!

Re:Title correction: (1)

Ambvai (1106941) | about 4 years ago | (#31785262)

Actually, my reading of the DIY title took it to an even further extreme-- building an iPod Touch from parts available on the market for significantly less...

Re:Title correction: (1)

geminidomino (614729) | about 4 years ago | (#31786102)

Actually, my reading of the DIY title took it to an even further extreme-- building an iPod Touch from parts available on the market for significantly less...

A similar thought was what made me click in, too.

Re:Title correction: (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | about 4 years ago | (#31785858)

The saddest part maybe is that it was an iPod Classic, not even a Touch version, which is simply used as external USB hard drive.

Re:Title correction: (1)

Sancho (17056) | about 4 years ago | (#31789984)

No, he USED a classic to make an "80GB Touch."[1] Pogoplug+Classic * iPod Touch+PogoApp.

[1] As long as he stays within the range of his wifi network. Otherwise it reverts back to a 16GB Touch (or whatever, I didn't pay that much attention to the article.)

Re:Title correction: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31788700)

Other phones have had this for a long time. A few years ago I used to have a Nokia N93i and it had UPnP. I used it a few times to transfer music when I couldn't find a USB cable.

wow that wasn't misleading at all (3, Insightful)

grapeape (137008) | about 4 years ago | (#31785234)

Where's the hack? Reads more like a commercial to me.

Re:wow that wasn't misleading at all (1)

Barny (103770) | about 4 years ago | (#31785270)

It is, and a bad one, with Telexy Network Commander I can VPN from my mobile phone via unlimited data plan back to my home network and mount a windows network share and then stream my music over that.

So 6.6TB mobile music device, please advertise bigger :P

Why does it exist? (2, Interesting)

nikomo (1338131) | about 4 years ago | (#31785268)

Worthless. Please tell me there was some sort of an error and that's why this is here.

white text on black (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785276)

Why do people still do this? Is it to save electricity? My eyes started burning and I couldn't finish the article, but in this case that was a good thing.

Pogoplug is not opensource! (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785312)

Hi, my name is Feverdream and I like to hack small devices to make them easier to use by the blind - like myself - since they are often cheaper than full fledged computer systems that have parts we non-sighted don't usually need or use. I recently forced the pogoplug guys to release some GPL code they tried to hide from the community; You can now see part of the the xce module source on the website, but we need your help getting the rest!

They still lock the system down, and the Adobe Apollo based server on the device that they use for their service does things under the hood that would make RMS blush. They did not even want to release the xce module source despite the fact that it is GPL, and I had to fight with them to release the part they did.. problem is its not the source that they released on the device, and they wont give that out. You can tell by comparing the timestamps in the tarball they released that the files were edited.

Not to mention, thy lock you out of updating the kernel... and that makes it very hard to add accessibility for the blind or otherwise disabled since this is not activated by default.

We need your help. Boycott them,. get the message out they they violate not only the terms of the GPL by refusing to release unmodified or edited source of the code they have already released to the public, but the spirit of it. Get the rest of the data on the http://www.plugapps.com/ forums!

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (3, Informative)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | about 4 years ago | (#31785406)

Hey there.

Two things:

1st) Can you please not post this as AC? I believe it's important enough as to use a username
2nd) Have you contacted the FSF / gpl-violations.org? You really should.

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (1)

Velorium (1068080) | about 4 years ago | (#31785452)

Given he gave a handle of Feverdream, I'm going to assume he may not have a /. account.

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785456)

Why not as AC? Does a username make his words magically more valid?

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (1)

the_humeister (922869) | about 4 years ago | (#31785486)

No, but it makes the words magically more visible to people who view this site at a higher threshold than '0' or otherwise block ACs.

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785602)

I tried to create an account, but it wont send me my email to activate it and so I cant log into it.

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31786022)

That's their prerogative.

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (1)

adolf (21054) | about 4 years ago | (#31786168)

Yes.

It enables me to see, with a fair amount of certainty, which replies in the thread actually belong to the original poster.

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (4, Interesting)

lucidfeverdream (1786230) | about 4 years ago | (#31785710)

Ok, got an account now. Happy? I did tell gpl-v about this, and that is what got them to release the partial source... but its not everything.

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (3, Informative)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | about 4 years ago | (#31785862)

The bastards. Ok, two things:

1st: Don't buy that kind of devices. Get some generic ARM-based box off china. It's what this devices use anyway. You can find some nice 600mhz ARM + 128MB of RAM all-in-one boards that come with an SDK and all of the source plus many example apps for 30 dollars (FOB Shenzhen, China). There are even full embedded systems (with very similar specs) complete with case, power supply, remote, wifi card, etc. Ready to plug and get hacking for under 60 dollars (Again, price is FOB Shenzhen). Lots of fun at a great price. You can find retailers for all of this devices in most places around the world.

Another great hacking tool are the atom-based boards. There are all in one mini-atx mobos with dual core Atom processors (1.6ghz) for 80 dollars. Try the Intel or Foxconn models, they are very powerful and inexpensive.

If you are still mad about the GPL violators, try mailing Richard at rms@gnu.org, he reads and answers every mail, and he'll surely be more than glad to help you out and speak on your behalf, or direct you to the right person.

BTW: The account thing wasn't just to be a smartass. Many people just disregards most ACs posts, and it's impossible to keep in touch or get replies from ACs anyway. Also, this place has some very very elaborate trolls, you never, ever know ;)

Happy Hacking!

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (3, Informative)

mirix (1649853) | about 4 years ago | (#31786042)

You can find some nice 600mhz ARM + 128MB of RAM all-in-one boards that come with an SDK and all of the source plus many example apps for 30 dollars (FOB Shenzhen, China). There are even full embedded systems (with very similar specs) complete with case, power supply, remote, wifi card, etc. Ready to plug and get hacking for under 60 dollars (Again, price is FOB Shenzhen). Lots of fun at a great price. You can find retailers for all of this devices in most places around the world.

Hi, can you post some links to someone who retails these devices? sounds interesting.

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (2, Informative)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | about 4 years ago | (#31789330)

Again, I have no idea. I import them directly from China, and I'm not in the US, so I don't know what retailers you can find there.

But let me tell you, there are dozens of places in Shenzhen that produce this kind of boards. All of those prices are FOB China. Google for it, I'm sure there are importers and retailers of this stuff in the US. Most DVR systems are based on this board, specially the cheapest ones. Some AVTech systems that retail for 200 dollars are based on exactly the same boards I buy for 30. Look around, you'll find them

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (1)

qoncept (599709) | about 4 years ago | (#31790516)

I'm interested in this too, but I don't even know what to google. What exactly am I looking for? What are these things called? Thanks!

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (1)

the_humeister (922869) | about 4 years ago | (#31786364)

Links? I'd like to get my hands on an ARM system for $60!

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (1)

GNUALMAFUERTE (697061) | about 4 years ago | (#31789214)

As I said, that's FOB China. You have to add import costs to that.

I Don't know what retailers might have that hardware in the US. I don't live in the US, and I don't buy from retailers, I import directly.

But google for it, this devices are out there

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (2, Interesting)

ErikZ (55491) | about 4 years ago | (#31788850)

Yeah, I'll just hop on www.china.com and order that stuff!

Could you at least give us a starting point? Something that covers a little less area than "Somewhere in China"?

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (3, Informative)

Zerth (26112) | about 4 years ago | (#31785738)

Pogoplug is not opensource!

So give Pogo the finger and get a Sheevaplug. Exact same hardware, different plastic shell.

Or even better: get a Guruplug, the latest revision that comes with wireless, Gigabit ethernet, and eSATA.

Re:Pogoplug is not opensource! (3, Informative)

lucidfeverdream (1786230) | about 4 years ago | (#31785784)

I am not sure if I'm allowed to double post this, and I do not want to break the rules here now that I'm logged in now, but anyway yes I'm real, this is legit, and you can find more data here: http://plugapps.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=43 [plugapps.com] where I have a thread going about improving compatibility that has kind of morphed into other topics around this, including the threats we have gotten for simply requesting gpl source code.

iPod Touch + MPD + WiFi (2, Informative)

SlashdotOgre (739181) | about 4 years ago | (#31785362)

Well, the "article" is a bit of disappointment, however I've been in the same situation and here is how I approach the problem (way more music then will fit on my 8GB touch or smartphone): I have a linux server (Dell Studio Hybrid running Gentoo) that I always leave on which has a copy of my music repository. On it I run Music Player Daemon (MPD) with Icecast as one of the outputs. I connect to MPD via a simple web client (there are several: http://mpd.wikia.com/wiki/Clients [wikia.com]) from my touch, build my playlist, then point Safari to my Icecast server's IP/port which opens the media player and I can listen to MPD anywhere I have WiFi. I'm not sure what the minimum bandwidth required is, but even my smartphones (previously Samsung Saga on WM 6.1, now Droid Eris running 2.1) work with this system. For the record I used TCPMP on WM 6.1 (Windows Media Player mobile worked too, but that app is horrible) and now use I use A Online Radio for the Droid (oddly enough, the built in media player on Android doesn't do streams and it's touch to find an Android streaming client that let's you specify any address/port you want).

Re:iPod Touch + MPD + WiFi (1)

wintermute000 (928348) | about 4 years ago | (#31785548)

sounds horribly complicated
have you tried ampache? works great as a drop in solution if you have a working LAMP stack (sounds like you do).
Though not sure how well it would work on a phone given its a full web-ui.

to be honest you'll prob get nicer interface/functionality running itunes in a VM and then pointing itunes on your touch/iphone to it, I know people who swear by this functionality (but they also live in unlimited 3G data places lol). Not sure about the NAT/firewall port specifics but I'm sure the info is easily available.

Personally I just carry my ipod 80g in my pocket!!!!!! Since I rebuilt my server I didn't bother with ampache. (didn't help that at work my domain - which has my name in it lol - came up in the top 20 count for bandwidth due to my 8 hours a day of mp3 streaming lol (this in a 2000+ end user point network), thankfully guess who does the reports like that).

Re:iPod Touch + MPD + WiFi (1)

RadioBrain (1786636) | about 4 years ago | (#31788944)

try out the app MPoD from the app store. it claims to have the ability to stream from mpd's icecast output. I havent tried it but it sounds a lot less complicated that doing all that.

Do it without the $130 device (3, Interesting)

SilverJets (131916) | about 4 years ago | (#31785412)

www.orb.com

Re:Do it without the $130 device (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785688)

Why do I need a service to stream music to my iPod?

Re:Do it without the $130 device (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31786110)

>>Why do I need a service to stream music to my iPod? Orb is not a service. It's a free piece of software that does conversion of music, videos, etc in realtime. You run the software on you main PC. Let's say you have .avi and you want to watch it through your phone that only has flash (or your Wii or something) it converts in realtime. You can access your stuff from anywhere and pretty much any device. You can set up an free orb.com account but it basically just acts like dyndns and offers no services. This is just an easy way to access your computer if you don't know you IP or it changes. iPod app costs $9.99, but otherwise it is totally free. Your PC does all the work there is no service.

UN-Plug the Plug... (1, Funny)

sjs132 (631745) | about 4 years ago | (#31785442)

Ok, because this is /. and everyone will chime in, I figured better to try and make the best out of a bad submission... In Soviet Russia, the PogoPlug, PLUGS YOU!

Uh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785462)

Since when is 129 dollars "inexpensive"?

ipod touch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785488)

The screen shots look more like an ipod video, not an ipod touch.

80 gig? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785524)

The largest Touch is 64 gig?

Wow, this has got nothing on my 1.5TB PDA (1)

CalcProgrammer1 (1163305) | about 4 years ago | (#31785578)

Lame, 5 years ago I had an 80GB Windows Mobile PDA, 2 years ago I DIY upgraded it to a 1.5TB Windows Mobile PDA and I have 160GB of FLAC audio wherever I go... ...if I have WiFi, seeing as the 1.5TB is on my server. This is dumb, you can access a server with a client device, that doesn't mean the client has all the features of the server, it means that it can access them via a connection (and if you try to use your WiFi anywhere outside of your LAN, most likely it will be too slow to utilize the 80GB, you probably couldn't even stream music with it, let alone video or copy files.

Cue lawsuit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785650)

3... 2... 1... Cue Apple lawsuit

not impressed (1)

corbettw (214229) | about 4 years ago | (#31785660)

Post a story when someone uses an iPod to prevent evil hackers from breaking into a bank, then I'll be impressed.

Slow WiFi (2, Funny)

HTH NE1 (675604) | about 4 years ago | (#31785690)

I imagine this isn't as useful when your workplace's new 802.11n WiFi throttles access to the Internet to a paltry 20 KB/s (ssh SOCKS proxy-tunnel to LAN brings it up only to 90 KB/s after first day). What I need is a stealth waterproof solar-powered WiFi repeater to bring the fast food restaurant's WiFi from across the street into the building.

Re:Slow WiFi (1)

cerberusss (660701) | about 4 years ago | (#31786982)

What I need is a stealth waterproof solar-powered WiFi repeater

I had one, but thanks to its stealth mode, I can't find it anymore :-(

Multiple songs? (1)

sootman (158191) | about 4 years ago | (#31785898)

As far as I can tell you still can't listen to more than one song at a time--you've still got to navigate, click on a song, navigate more, click on another, etc. So you can't, say, easily listen to a whole album. (Correct me if I'm wrong but the two UPnP apps look very limited.) If that's all you're going to do, you may as well save your money and use this [pixelcity.com] (share through Apache) or this [google.com] (install a custom (but open-source) service.)

Re:Multiple songs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31785970)

What might be interesting would be writing an app that uses dynamic DNS to be able to connect to the music stream, then a SSL connection to control what is playing. All it would take is a basic Web server and some backend perl or php scripting to control what songs are being streamed.

Of course, one can get a SheevaPlug which has a lot more development abilities than the device mentioned and get this working. To boot, if one knows what they are doing, they could get this working with not just the iPhone, but Android and other devices.

Thanks, Slashdot! (1)

billsayswow (1681722) | about 4 years ago | (#31786670)

Now that I've been given the option to disable the one surprisingly unobtrusive advert on your page (which I kept on anyways), all I have to put up with for advertising is the increasing amount of plug-stories! Thanks!

This is news for nerds? (1)

Bearhouse (1034238) | about 4 years ago | (#31787290)

"Having recently acquired an iPod Touch, DeviceGuru blogger Rick Lehrbaum soon found himself with an 80GB iPod paperweight knocking around and collecting dust. Then it hit him: Why not earn some cash by getting a lame article published on /.!"

OR (1)

Manic Pan!c (1475251) | about 4 years ago | (#31787516)

You can use a standard external hard drive and a home router with network store support then VPN into your home network. You can use Pandora You can use Grooveshark You can use 1 million other free music streaming services available. For fair disclosure, I don't own an iPod, iPad, or any other iShit and I don't purport to know exactly how they work but I would think any of those options previously mentioned would be better than this ad masquerading as a story.

Simplify Media (1)

OnlyJedi (709288) | about 4 years ago | (#31788072)

There's already an app that does the same thing with your (Windows/Mac/Linux) PC called Simplify Media [simplifymedia.com] that this seems to. Essentially, it scans your music directory (or iTunes/Rhythmbox library if you want) on each computer the client runs, and lets you share them (directly through iTunes/Rhythmbox's own shared library front-end) on any other computer the client runs on. It also lets you add up to 30 "friends" to share with as well. Photos can also be shared (using iPhoto's events/faces/locations features if you run on a Mac).
Best thing of all is the price. Pogoplug requires a proprietary $129 hardware device, but the iPhone app, if I read correctly, is free. Simplify requires a computer (which you probably already have), and a free client. The iPhone app costs about $6 ($3 when it first came out). Total cost: $129 for Pogoplug, $3 for SM if yo
Sadly, I just read that as of two weeks ago they stopped selling the app and allowing new users to sign up. The service still works as of now, and they promise something new in the pipeline. I guess we'll see what comes of this.

Are you kidding me? (1)

MrCrassic (994046) | about 4 years ago | (#31788236)

Didn't even read the article. Simplify Media has been doing this for years. Many of us (here) with iPod Touches/iPhones know how to stream music locally. This is an obvious advertisement.

Re:Are you kidding me? (1)

MrCrassic (994046) | about 4 years ago | (#31788244)

Sorry; forgot to mention that you can listen to your music ANYWHERE with Simplify or other custom solutions.

STOP REPLYING (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#31788252)

STOP REPLYING - the best way to let slashdot know that this hardly is "news".

Never link your website to Twitter! (1)

jackpot777 (1159971) | about 4 years ago | (#31788816)

The Pogoplug website has a page [pogoplug.com] of the latest tweets featuring their name. The latest flood of tweets are people linking to the story. They don't seem to be linking to DeviceGuru, though. They're linking here. If you REALLY want to tell people how bad it is, and have it display on their website, Twitter is your friend... (just sayin')

Pogoplug ad, nothing to see here, lets move on... (1)

PalmKiller (174161) | about 4 years ago | (#31789312)

Its a $130 device that you plug a usb drive into to have internet access to it. Not really hacking...now if the guy bought a cheap wireless router, ran openwrt on it and hooked this to usb drive, then it would be cool. It would be even cooler if he were to get a wireless router that he had to hack to get usb ports on in the first place instead of using one that was designed with usb device connection capability, but either one would be much cooler than this crap.
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