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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.


    __________________________
    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. seth234's Avatar
      seth234 -
      Wait, why does everyone hate iTunes so much?
      Aside from being a bit slow on startup and connection to iphone, it works kinda as I need it
      And if I need a file or two, SSH works just fine for free
      Am I missing something?
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      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...
      People who complain about the costs of these apps, that developers spent HOURS on end to create...really annoy me!

      They/You spend anywhere from 150.00 to 500.00 for an ipod/iphone, but yet whine about a 13.00 app....geeze! Perhaps you/they should get an after school job and make some money and stop whining...ergggg!!!!

      Sorry guys, had to get that off my chest!

      Chris
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Plug in? How about a WMA plugin that works like a video frameserver? Video frameservers allow a video editing program to edit an unsupported format by creating a 0 or 1KB file that appears to be an uncompressed AVI while an interim program serves the decoded frames. Something similar could allow the iPhone to support WMA and subscription music (well, after decrypting the Janus-protected WMA files).
    1. MrBucket101's Avatar
      MrBucket101 -
      app works great, worth every penny


      my only complaint...if you plug your phone in, then unplug it, then plug it back in...pwntunes asks you to respring your phone...not sure why, its very annoying.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      People complaining about $13 just remind me of how many kids post here.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Why pay money for something you can do for free? Yawn.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I don't see the draw here. You still have to sync with iTunes for contacts, videos, photos, etc right?
    1. tekno1234's Avatar
      tekno1234 -
      your paying for the express and able to put files into your ipod/phone.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      Plug in? How about a WMA plugin that works like a video frameserver? Video frameservers allow a video editing program to edit an unsupported format by creating a 0 or 1KB file that appears to be an uncompressed AVI while an interim program serves the decoded frames. [blah blah]
      What the hell are you talking about and how is that relevant? Quit hijacking.

      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Why pay money for something you can do for free? Yawn.
      And how, pray tell, do you import music you SSH to your phone into the iPod app for free? Pirating MewSeek Pro does not count.

      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      I don't see the draw here. You still have to sync with iTunes for contacts, videos, photos, etc right?
      For contacts, and to sync things like song ratings, yes, but Videos, Photos, and Music, no. We now have the ability to two-way copy (in a friendly and quick manner) for all 3 of those without iTunes. This has not been done before.
    1. riizch's Avatar
      riizch -
      Just one question...in relation to the "using the iPhone as a USB stick drive" feature, does the app essentially open up the iphone to being read on your computer as a disk image, or does it simply allow drag and drop access to one specific folder?

      Essentially, I want to perform a data recovery scan on my iphone for files which were downloaded to my phone through safari, and subsequently deleted using ifile, but i cannot currently do this, because the phone cannot be read as a disk image by my data recovery software. Will this now be possible, or will the scan be limited to the single folder created by the app?
    1. lfc_'s Avatar
      lfc_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      And how, pray tell, do you import music you SSH to your phone into the iPod app for free? Pirating MewSeek Pro does not count.
      you cant pirate mewseek pro, its free
      but your limited to 10 imports unless you buy it (has not been cracked yet, doubt it will ever be)


      Quote Originally Posted by riizch View Post
      Just one question...in relation to the "using the iPhone as a USB stick drive" feature, does the app essentially open up the iphone to being read on your computer as a disk image, or does it simply allow drag and drop access to one specific folder?

      Essentially, I want to perform a data recovery scan on my iphone for files which were downloaded to my phone through safari, and subsequently deleted using ifile, but i cannot currently do this, because the phone cannot be read as a disk image by my data recovery software. Will this now be possible, or will the scan be limited to the single folder created by the app?
      it turns your iPhone into a USB. all directorys are accessible, just like in iFile
      but i dont own it so i cant really 100% that for you
    1. MrBucket101's Avatar
      MrBucket101 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lfc_ View Post
      it turns your iPhone into a USB. all directorys are accessible, just like in iFile
      but i dont own it so i cant really 100% that for you
      it only provides access to your /var/mobile/Library/Downloads/, your iTunes music folder, and it creates a new folder called My Music for drag and drop importing. theres also a misc folder but it just provides info on how to get it to work with winXP
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Quote Originally Posted by ugshotgun View Post
      No sorry...no xBox here!
      It was also so nice to be able to cut and then paste my camera roll from the iphone to the pc!!!
      I've always been able to access the DCIM folder on my iPhone? I can't be sure if I could when it wasn't jailbroken, but it's always been there before installed pwnTunes.

      Is there something that enables this when jailbreaking, or is it always an option? I use Windows7 Ultimate x64.

      Regarding my last post, I resprung my phone and it started to work fine. Also, I noticed that dragging folders seems to work too

      Anyone else having compatability issues with it and music controls? When I open up the iPod app, music controls now pops up saying it's checking for compatability...
    1. riizch's Avatar
      riizch -
      Thanks for the info, guys. I think I'd get this if it does enable playback through the 360/PS3, hoping that i could recover my files using it too, but otherwise, i think i'd just stick to itunes. i rarely use it anyway because i use spotify 90% of the time instead
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Quote Originally Posted by riizch View Post
      Thanks for the info, guys. I think I'd get this if it does enable playback through the 360/PS3, hoping that i could recover my files using it too, but otherwise, i think i'd just stick to itunes. i rarely use it anyway because i use spotify 90% of the time instead
      How is the spotify iPhone app/experience? I've been tempted to go for the premium version as I use the free version at home a lot.
    1. cadsii's Avatar
      cadsii -
      seriously i though we all jailbroke to get FREE apps and get away from all this PAID BS, now your going to swap itunes for pwntunes pay 13 dollars, which is crazy considering games like real racing are 9.99$ and take 10 times as long to develop.....

      sorry but i didnt jailbreak my phone to PAY more money for something i can do for free already, and this is for xp users, they might buy it they are not as smart as the mac users on here.... maybe your itunes runs like crap cause your running windows, i run it on my mac and i have no delays or waiting
    1. manofcolombia's Avatar
      manofcolombia -
      nah pwn tunes
      wat they really need to do is come out wit a update fr dtunes cuz dat waaaayyy better
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Quote Originally Posted by cadsii View Post
      seriously i though we all jailbroke to get FREE apps and get away from all this PAID BS, now your going to swap itunes for pwntunes pay 13 dollars, which is crazy considering games like real racing are 9.99$ and take 10 times as long to develop.....

      sorry but i didnt jailbreak my phone to PAY more money for something i can do for free already, and this is for xp users, they might buy it they are not as smart as the mac users on here.... maybe your itunes runs like crap cause your running windows, i run it on my mac and i have no delays or waiting
      Don't buy it then lol. I bought it mainly to try it out and it looks good. Say I have a CD at work I like, I would have to take it home, rip it and sync. Now I simply rip the CD at work and copy and paste it to my iPhone. I will easily use it as a portable HDD now, probably every day.

      I'll let that Windows dig slide, I can't even be arsed to get into yet another OSX vs Windows argument...
    1. cadsii's Avatar
      cadsii -
      yea prob will take over the thread lets end winvsosx here
    1. Gsr_Hatch's Avatar
      Gsr_Hatch -
      This app is amazing! I like how you can work-around iTunes now. This app works flawlessly and it's so easy to use.