Have you ever wanted to not use iTunes?
is a jailbreak tweak made possible by a development team known as SpiritOfLogic. If you don't know what it is yet - then you've been missing out. It allows you to completely avoid using iTunes and manage your iDevice media on your own. It even allows you to add content on a friend's computer to your iDevice without erasing the data on your iDevice already from your own computer (like iTunes always makes you do). Additionally, you can use your iDevice as a flash drive, or manage your photos without needing to use iTunes. Basically, PwnTunes makes your iDevice an iTunes-independent device.
PwnTunes works best with Windows because of the way that it functions. It is capable of working on Mac OS X and Linux as well, but for Mac OS X users to use PwnTunes to manage their iDevice media, they will need to download and install an application called XNJB
. The reason for needing this software is because Mac OS X has a, "very restrictive" (Heusinger
) way of handling files and due to that, XNJB is necessary for freeing features that are necessary for using PwnTunes on Mac OS X. Windows on the other hand doesn't need any software to use PwnTunes and it works right out of the box.
With PwnTunes, you can easily add photos to the iDevice via USB sync cable without syncing whole folders back and forth between device and your PC. for example with itunes you sync at home. Another thing is, if you go to another of your computers and it has great music but when you try to sync with the iTunes library, iTunes tells you it will delete all of your music from the other computer you used. No more - PwnTunes makes it so that syncing with other libraries will not delete your library. Instead, it will fuse together to make one large music library. You can also download music via Mobile Safari directly on your iDevice and put it into the My Music
folder with iFile and import it into iPod lib with PwnTunes. We don't condone piracy with music - we assume that you are using an online backup for your music files and may need to download them on your device on the fly. With PwnTunes, files are literally dragged and dropped into your iDevice and they are available for playing.
PwnTunes with iOS 5 support has been released. The version that is compatible with iOS 5 will be version 188.8.131.52. It works also with iOS 4 for those of you who have not updated yet. The video above offers a small demonstration of the tweak (compliments of Christian Heusinger
To me, the idea of being untethered from iTunes seems like a burden lifted from my chest. Sometimes I use computers where iTunes isn't installed and this would allow me to use them to manage my music or add more to my iDevice. Maybe if you're somewhere like work where computers are locked off from installing arbitrary software like iTunes, PwnTunes will come in handy for you. It also works great for school computers where software and Windows features are locked off from use. This tweak was built upon a great idea and expended to amazing results - I couldn't be happier with what it does and I recommend it to anyone looking into not using iTunes to manage their iDevice media.
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The giveaway here is a gift from the SpiritOfLogic developer, Christian Heusinger
. Let's all hand him a big thanks and wish him the best for the holidays. To be entered for a chance to win a copy of PwnTunes, leave a comment below with at least five complete sentences explaining why you think that you deserve to win a copy of PwnTunes and leave your Cydia number in the end of the comment. The more you make the staff laugh the better your chances are of winning.
We are giving away 20 copies of PwnTunes and winners will be announced on December 27.
Sources" Christian Heusinger