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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!


    Caboose1408
    alerx7
    aaddaam
    docomar
    BradTrinh24


    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. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Working awesome after running the .exe for XP. Wouldn't show diddly before that. Love'n the app though.
    1. SandyPantz's Avatar
      SandyPantz -
      Go PwnTunes
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Alright, the contest is officially closed!
      (Sorry it wasn't at noon, just got home from work )

      [randomized winners at random.org]
      ________________________

      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!


      Caboose1408
      alerx7
      aaddaam
      docomar
      BradTrinh24


      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!
    1. aaddaam's Avatar
      aaddaam -
      I'm So happy..
      so muc eager to use this marvelous app on my Iphone..

      Finally i am free from the cage of itunes. Yahoo !!

      thanks reanimationxp !!
    1. aaddaam's Avatar
      aaddaam -
      How much time it will take before I get my license?
    1. Caboose1408's Avatar
      Caboose1408 -
      Exactly what aaddaam said. Sorry I'm impatient.
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Sorry guys, just pm'ed you. Was waiting on the other winners' information before I sent, but I've just sent off the first few that responded.

      Rest of the winners, please get your information to me by next Friday or I may have to give them away to someone else!
    1. ugshotgun's Avatar
      ugshotgun -
      Thanks...

      After visiting the forums again today, I noticed that there was a reply to my post and my problem was resolved after downloading the below file! Now my desktop is running pwntunes flawlessly!

      [Specifically download this file
      http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=71641&/umdf.exe
      Install "Microsoft_User-Mode_Driver_Framework_Install-v1.0-WinXP.exe"]

      Chris
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      whoever made this app, could u please lower the price, I WILL NOT PAY ABOVE $10 for an app that isn't even that worth it. (There have been ALOT of other tweaks in cydia that r 10x more important than this one and they were all less than $5 or even free. I Think i speak for everyone hear and on xsellize
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by indyracer05 View Post
      whoever made this app, could u please lower the price, I WILL NOT PAY ABOVE $10 for an app that isn't even that worth it. (There have been ALOT of other tweaks in cydia that r 10x more important than this one and they were all less than $5 or even free. I Think i speak for everyone hear and on xsellize
      PwnTunes - iPhone Drag&Drop Music Import without iTunes - Purchase

      It's your lucky day.. but you better HURRY. SpiritOfLogic is having a sale for memorial day and it is still up! The price is 8.19!
    1. aaddaam's Avatar
      aaddaam -
      It worked flawlessly on my windows 7..

      thanks pwn tunes team and renanimation xp.. this application really works and just that simple.. drag, open ipod.app and play..
    1. docomar's Avatar
      docomar -
      @reanimationxp

      was sick and just saw I won a licence

      Thanks a lot

      Hope it is not too late cause I would die if it is!

      Thanks again
    1. henhface's Avatar
      henhface -
      is this compatible with ios4? i would have no problem paying the exorbitant price if it worked, but it doesn't for me. i have a 3gs running ios4 jailbroken with snowbreeze and a vista laptop... cydia shows pwntunes as being installed but when i open the iphone in windows explorer i only see DCIM, not the other folders. is this going to be fixed, and if so when?
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by henhface View Post
      is this compatible with ios4? i would have no problem paying the exorbitant price if it worked, but it doesn't for me. i have a 3gs running ios4 jailbroken with snowbreeze and a vista laptop... cydia shows pwntunes as being installed but when i open the iphone in windows explorer i only see DCIM, not the other folders. is this going to be fixed, and if so when?
      Yes, it's compatible with 4. Try reinstalling. I am not able to test as I'm on 3.1.3, but SpiritOfLogic claims it works fine on iOS 4.

      If a reinstall doesn't work, contact [email protected] and let him know what's up

      Quote Originally Posted by docomar View Post
      @reanimationxp

      was sick and just saw I won a licence

      Thanks a lot

      Hope it is not too late cause I would die if it is!

      Thanks again
      I'll see what I can do.
    1. docomar's Avatar
      docomar -
      Thanks a lot
    1. henhface's Avatar
      henhface -
      thanks for the reply, but it still doesn't work for me after multiple uninstalls, reinstalls, and even restoring and re-jailbreaking the device. i'll send them an email. thanks for giving me their email address.
    1. arin2010's Avatar
      arin2010 -
      hi huys
      where i can download pwntunes free ?
      in cydia i have to pay it so if someone knonws where i can find it please tell me
    1. Jaredude's Avatar
      Jaredude -
      I don't think you can, I bought it legitimately and I love it, you should consider this
    1. Mattpwns's Avatar
      Mattpwns -
      arin a torrent site,but it would be illegal! Google is your friend
    1. Caboose1408's Avatar
      Caboose1408 -
      Ok, I won a license.
      How do I apply it to another device that is mine?