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  • UPDATE: Free Giveaway! - iTunes-less Music Importing, On the Go? Meet PwnTunes.
    The Giveaway is Over!!

    Thank you to everyone who participated! The members below were randomly drawn using www.random.org, and are winners of a FREE PwnTunes license, courtousy of SpiritOfLogic!


    Congratulations to the winners! Please PM me with your iPhone's serial number (Settings > General > About) as well as your e-mail address to claim your reward. Thanks everyone!

    Every once in a while, a developer comes along and reminds us why we jailbreak:
    Because with freedom, nothing is impossible.

    SpiritOfLogic, the developer behind iRealSMS, has just proven this once again. Meet PwnTunes, the latest in what is sure to become yet another staple app of jailbreakers everywhere.

    PwnTunes' main feature is two-fold. It first enables "real" raw USB disk access, thumbdrive style. In the root of the now-accessible disk, a drop folder is created for dropping music you'd like to import. Secondly, PwnTunes adds itself as a plugin to the native iPhone Music Player app, and upon launch, syncs music from your drop folder directly into your iPhone music library.

    Voila! It's that simple. Finally, we have an elegant, on-the-go iTunes-less importing solution!

    In addition to its' main feature, PwnTunes boasts additional abilities as well. Your phone is now raw-access enabled, so you can add files (anything, not just music) to it directly using no special software, very much like a thumb drive. On top of that, they've added the ability to copy normal iTunes-synced songs off the phone, via raw-access mode. They've even made the filenames pretty via ID3 tags instead of the normal ABCD.mp3 convention as well! Even the Downloads folder used by several applications is mapped, for easy moving of songs. SpiritOfLogic truely has thought of everything here.

    There is one easy-to-overcome hiccup for XP users, which is driver-related. XP drivers do not allow writing to the iPhone device without a tweak, but the developer has conveniently added this tweak to the read-only section of your new iPhone USB Disk, so you can install the fix immediately. (See graphic below)

    iPhone (and especially Windows users) rejoice! Zero setup iTunes-less syncing is finally upon us!

    PwnTunes is available now for purchase in the Cydia store (via the BigBoss repo) and directly on PwnTunes.net. It is unfortunately one of the more costly "jailbreak apps", weighing in at almost $13. Here's hoping they lower it, but this writer paid it gladly.

    It appears that due to PTP restrictions on Macs, writing to the phone does not work without "extra software".
    "Sadly due to Apple's restrictive implementation of the Picture Transfer Protocol (iPhoto) currently PwnTunes does not work on a Mac without extra software."
    I've emailed the developer for recommendations on what this "software" might be. I believe it may still work on other devices like gaming consoles, however. I will look into this further and post my results. Stay tuned

    Update 2:
    Some quirks I've noticed:
    • When adding or deleting music, the iPod app exits. (This is necessary for how it functions)
    • The files you are adding via drag-and-drop must have ID3 tags to be sorted properly in iPod.app. If they do not, the filename will be treated as the Song Title, and it will only appear by looking under Songs.
      Windows itself has a mechanism for quickly adding ID3 tags to files that are missing them. This must be done when files are on the COMPUTER. ID3 tags cannot be edited once they're on the phone. Right-click the problem file, select Properties, and go to the Details Tab. At least "Contributing Artists" and "Song Title" should be present for songs to be properly categorized when imported. Note that "Contributing Artists" in Windows is equivalent to the "Artist" field on the iPod. Filling in just "Artist" via Windows will not work.
      To mass-view (and maybe mass-edit), you can enable the Contributing Artists and Song Title columns under Windows' Details view.
    • Files cannot be renamed, nor can ID3 tags be viewed once files are on the phone. They must be moved to the computer to be renamed or re-tagged, then moved back to the phone. Files can be deleted from the phone directly, however.

    Update 3:
    I spoke with SpiritOfLogic, and he liked the article and gave us 5 licenses to give away! See the top of the article for information.

    He also informed me that I was mistaken about the ID3 tag quirk initially. I have updated my notes above to reflect its' actual functionality. Files without ID3 tags are not skipped when importing. Instead, the entire filename is treated as the Song Title, and the Artist and Album fields are left blank. This means that those songs can only be found under the Songs list in iPod.app. Try searching for your filename under Songs, and it should show up.

    Finally, he is not aware of any software yet that will easily add MTP functionality to OSX, thus the lack of Mac support. He had this to say:

    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritOfLogic
    The answer is sadly that to our knowledge at the moment there is none for Mac that works directly. There is the project libmtp (libmtp: Project) which provides an MTP interface to any UNIX operating system. (MTP is the compatible successor to PTP.)

    For Linux there are a lot implementations – I am not sure if they work with iPhone/PwnTunes though – this would be something Linux experienced users will find out.

    Currently it seems that there is only one implementation, XNJB (XNJB) for Mac. It was developed for the Creative Nomad Players. Right now it does not recognize the iPhone properly. This is most likely due to the different folder structure. I am currently trying to get in contact with the developers of XNJB to determine if they are interested in supporting iPhone/PwnTunes.

    Considering this I think help from the community could fasten this – some emails in their inbox asking for iPhone support will certainly give them motivation
    Any experts out there willing to help or who have found solutions are welcome to PM me to update the article.

    Original Contest Rules: (now over)
    SpiritOfLogic really liked our article and feedback, and has decided to reward us with 5 FREE licenses of PwnTunes!

    For anyone who comments after me with the phrase "Go PwnTunes!" as the first line, you will be entered into the drawing.
    I will run this drawing for one week, ending 12:00 noon PDT on Friday, May 28th. As a reward to active members of our community, I will restrict this to those who have accumulated at least 10 posts to ModMyI. Do not spam any threads, including this one. I WILL find out and exclude you

    Winners will be PM'ed for their iPhone info at the end of the drawing.

    Good luck all!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: PwnTunes started by reanimationxp View original post
    Comments 265 Comments
    1. Dumi's Avatar
      Dumi -
      Go PwnTunes!
    1. mestapho's Avatar
      mestapho -
      Go PwnTunes!

      Almost bought this this morning. Guess I'll wait a couple of days.
    1. firetech1024's Avatar
      firetech1024 -
      Go PwnTunes!
      This looks cool i want it.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Go PwnTunes

      I underestimated the functionality of this app at first. I would love to give it a spin. If I win a free license then I will make a donation to the Dev. They work hard for us to have the best apps that SHOULD be in the Appstore.
    1. djuuuaann's Avatar
      djuuuaann -
      Go PwnTunes!

      I'm currently using iFunBox since it's free. But it won't hurt to win this one!
    1. sajjy's Avatar
      sajjy -
      Go PwnTunes!

      great app but one question.

      after adding files using PwnTunes, does syncing with itunes affect the added files? or can you continue to use itunes along with PwnTunes?

      Props to the DEV for creating a great App!!!
    1. thesmart1's Avatar
      thesmart1 -
      Go PwnTunes!

      love free stuff
    1. flippy's Avatar
      flippy -
      Go PwnTunes!
    1. whipple16's Avatar
      whipple16 -
      Go PwnTunes!
    1. fisherg's Avatar
      fisherg -
      Go PwnTunes!
    1. piojo1511's Avatar
      piojo1511 -
      Go PwnTunes!

    1. docomar's Avatar
      docomar -
      Go PwnTunes

      One of the best cydia app!
    1. lividian1's Avatar
      lividian1 -
      Someone asked about being able to use this with their XBOX 360. I'm sorry I don't remember who and I don't feel like paging threw all the thread battlers to find out. Anyways my best guess without trying is "NO" this will not work with your 360. The xbox 360 has the capability to read any USB drive but only once it is formatted for the 360. it will let you do a partial format but some how I doubt our neat little iphone toys will really like being reformatted even partially. But then again code and rules can always be rewritten. So make it a suggestion for a future up date couldn't hurt.
    1. mxzxrider95's Avatar
      mxzxrider95 -
      Go PwnTunes I hope i win

      Go PwnTunes!
      I would really like to win this
    1. Th3one's Avatar
      Th3one -
      Go PwnTunes!

      I wish I can afford this, what with my student budget, but it truly is a great product and I would love it if I win a license!
      And again, Go PwnTunes! The developer deserves all the love he can get ;-) !
    1. thuwun's Avatar
      thuwun -
      Go PwnTunes!

      Nice i can't wait to try this
    1. ipod touch u's Avatar
      ipod touch u -
      Go Pwntunes!

      sweet, if i dont win ill definitly buy it
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      UPDATE: The app worked flawlessly when I put in on my laptop runnig windows xp; however at home and on both my pc's running xp, it won't work no matter what I do!

      On this machine, when installing through the dos window, it fails on every devcon; but gives me the reboot if I don't see it in explorer warning; however when I reboot, it uninstalls my drivers completely for my iphone, I have to uninstall the yellow question mark in device manager then unplug my iphone, plug it back in, then reinstall all drivers....aggravating because I could have lived without it on my laptop, I needed it here!

      Any ideas? The forums on pwntunes.net has nothing to offer that helped.


    1. sgt.pepper's Avatar
      sgt.pepper -
      pwn tunes soudnds really cool
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      Go PwnTunes!

      Finally, a utility that makes iPhone what it should have been!