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    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!


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    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.


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    Update:
    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. StormRoBoT's Avatar
      StormRoBoT -
      have a look in here.. [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WpPrKuUghw]YouTube - Introducing PwnTunes[/ame]
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      i was trying to find a way to do this in iFile, looks like i dont have to
    1. darkrom's Avatar
      darkrom -
      It works on consoles possibly but not a mac ROFL. "It just works ehh?" Apple's restrictive ways kicking you in the *** again?


      ...Awaiting fanboi barrage.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      dosen't work on apples? lol
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Awesome just bought it!

      Not having much luck getting music to show in the music app however I drag 12 MP3s into the My Music folder, I go to the iPod app, it does it's import thingy but the songs are not there?

      Any ideas?

      Couple of questions:

      1) When I go into the iTunes Music folder, only some show the correct names - most still just say AABC.mp3 etc, even if left for a few mins. Any ideas why?

      2) In the future, will it be possible to have music that has been manually copied to the phone synced back to iTunes? Furthermore, say I copy a song to my phone via this new drag and drop. I go home, copy it back onto my PC, add it to my iPhone playlist. Will that song duplicate, or will iTunes see the song already there?

      Thanks!
    1. frozenra1n's Avatar
      frozenra1n -
      Why dont you say who the developer is...?
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Amraam View Post
      Awesome just bought it!

      Not having much luck getting music to show in the music app however I drag 12 MP3s into the My Music folder, I go to the iPod app, it does it's import thingy but the songs are not there?

      Any ideas?

      Couple of questions:

      1) When I go into the iTunes Music folder, only some show the correct names - most still just say AABC.mp3 etc, even if left for a few mins. Any ideas why?

      2) In the future, will it be possible to have music that has been manually copied to the phone synced back to iTunes? Furthermore, say I copy a song to my phone via this new drag and drop. I go home, copy it back onto my PC, add it to my iPhone playlist. Will that song duplicate, or will iTunes see the song already there?

      Thanks!
      1) It needs to load ID3 tags from all of the files, and this is likely done on the iPod itself, via the slow CPU. Give it time.

      2) Very unlikely. It's hard to even modify the iTunes Library at all, as it's a proprietary binary format that changes from time to time. A solution would have to be constantly updated, cat-and-mouse style.

      I can confirm that it works perfectly on my machine. It's even smart enough to kill the iPod app anytime files in My Music are modified. Thus, if you delete or add songs, they will be imported (or removed) on next launch. Another bonus I didn't mention: It maps the Downloads folder as well. This will help access music downloaded with other apps like MewSeek and MusicMeow, as well as provide an easy way to transfer IPA's straight into a certain Installer
    1. StormRoBoT's Avatar
      StormRoBoT -
      Quote Originally Posted by Amraam View Post
      Awesome just bought it!

      Not having much luck getting music to show in the music app however I drag 12 MP3s into the My Music folder, I go to the iPod app, it does it's import thingy but the songs are not there?

      Any ideas?

      Couple of questions:

      1) When I go into the iTunes Music folder, only some show the correct names - most still just say AABC.mp3 etc, even if left for a few mins. Any ideas why?

      2) In the future, will it be possible to have music that has been manually copied to the phone synced back to iTunes? Furthermore, say I copy a song to my phone via this new drag and drop. I go home, copy it back onto my PC, add it to my iPhone playlist. Will that song duplicate, or will iTunes see the song already there?

      Thanks!
      try respring it or reboot your device..
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by frozenra1n View Post
      Why dont you say who the developer is...?
      Wasn't readily viewable anywhere. Added to article. The developer is SpiritOfLogic, who also developed a little app you might have heard of called iRealSMS
    1. RJIZZY's Avatar
      RJIZZY -
      So does this mean I can plug my iPhone to any computers and drag music into it?
    1. clarky8's Avatar
      clarky8 -
      Best this kills the wifi sync sells
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by RJIZZY View Post
      So does this mean I can plug my iPhone to any computers and drag music into it?
      Yes, unless it's a Mac. Try reading the article next time.

      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. If they do not, they are skipped.
        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" must be present here for the import to work. Note that "Contributing Artists" 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.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Dude, nowhere in your article do you mention it's NOT FREE.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      i'm thinking the guy who wrote this is also the one who published the app. why is he pushing it so dang much?
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      i'm thinking the guy who wrote this is also the one who published the app. why is he pushing it so dang much?
      I don't get that impression at all, especially when the person writing it has to contact the developer for clarification (wouldn't he already know?). (edit: you know what, reading over what reanimationxp wrote... he's a little TOO on the inside when it comes to this program. Could be viral marketing, sure.)

      The thing that gets me is when he said, "the latest in what is sure to become yet another staple app of jailbreakers everywhere."

      I doubt that VERY much, considering this app/ mod is USD $10. Maybe there's a Senator's son out there that can afford such a "luxury" app, but the common jailbreaker will just keep using iTunes. You know, the FREE iTunes...
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      How can you edit ID3 tags on Mac without iTunes? I also want to know how to add album artwork without iTunes on Mac? And also I don't think you can update genius without iTunes so that sux. This is like using MewSeek to import song to iPod except with ID3 tags which is awesome too bad its not working well on Mac though
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      i'm thinking the guy who wrote this is also the one who published the app. why is he pushing it so dang much?
      lol, seriously? Have a look at when I joined, and my other hundred+ posts on the site. i'm just excited about this because I've been waiting for this capability from day one on my iPhone. I don't know about the rest of you, but lots of us Windows users will gladly paid the price of a lunch or two to rid ourselves of iTunes hell.

      Good point that I didn't mention the price. Adding that too.
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      I got it and ITS AWESOME!!!!!! OMG...Works flawlessly!!! Thanks thanks thanks thanks (times a million)!!
    1. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      Quote Originally Posted by ugshotgun View Post
      I got it and ITS AWESOME!!!!!! OMG...Works flawlessly!!! Thanks thanks thanks thanks (times a million)!!
      You don't happen to have a xbox 360 you could plug it into to see if it plays through the USB?
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      No sorry...no xBox here!

      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      lol, seriously? Have a look at when I joined, and my other hundred+ posts on the site. i'm just excited about this because I've been waiting for this capability from day one on my iPhone. I don't know about the rest of you, but lots of us Windows users will gladly paid the price of a lunch or two to rid ourselves of iTunes hell.

      Good point that I didn't mention the price. Adding that too.

      Amen!! I would have paid double the price to rid myself of that terribly slow syncing time with iTunes! It was also so nice to be able to cut and then paste my camera roll from the iphone to the pc!!!