How to customize the music icons (buttons) on your iPhone or iPod Touch

One of the things I adore about Apple products are how intuitive they are. Most of the time. Once in a while I run into a bit of an exception, and this is one of them. This brief tutorial will show you how to customize the icons/buttons that are displayed while listening to music on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

the music buttons for the iphone and ipod touch

TV Shows and DRM-free music comes to the Canadian iTunes Store

Earlier today it became official – the Canadian iTunes Store will now sell TV shows. What seemed to get missed in this announcement was another ‘upgrade’ for Canadians – DRM free iTunes Plus tracks are finally available as well.

Totally unrelated note, you might have noticed the decrease in number of posts the last few days. I think a goal for 2008 should be to have a bunch of articles stocked away for those sick-weeks. Update: off to a bad, bad start.

Canadian iTunes Store

A step by step guide to installing 3rd party software on your iPod Touch

This guide will take you every single step of the way through making sure you have the right iPod software installed, “jailbreaking” your iPod Touch, and then installing 3rd party software on it.

  1. Check your iPod Touch Software Version
  2. Restore to Software Version 1.1.1 (if needed)
  3. Jailbreak your iPod Touch
  4. Installing Software on your iPod Touch

Note: The steps in this guide will be nearly identical if you want to jailbreak your iPhone, with the exception of the “Check your iPod Touch Software Version” and “Restore to Software Version 1.1.1”. The screenshots are specific to OS X, but Windows users should be able to follow along with no problem. …

10 Alternatives to iTunes for managing your iPod

This overview details the features (with screenshots) of 10 different programs other than iTunes to manage your iPod. Tutorials are included for every program, and they’re all either free or Open Source.

If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been writing so many “How to use XYZ to manage your iPod” tutorials lately, now you know why.

Name Supported Platforms
Amarok linux icon
Banshee linux icon
Floola apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
gtkpod linux icon
MediaMonkey windows icon
Rhythmbox linux icon
SharePod windows icon
Songbird apple iconwindows iconlinux icon
Winamp windows icon
YamiPod apple iconwindows iconlinux icon

How to use YamiPod to update your iPod in OS X or Windows

YamiPod is a freeware application that allows you to efficiently manage your iPod in Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. YamiPod is unique because it runs directly from your iPod and needs no installation. This allows you to update your iPod from any computer without installing any software. You can also use YamiPod to move files from your iPod back to your computer (or another computer). This tutorial will take you through the steps to setup and use YamiPod in OS X and Windows.

Note: if you’re wondering what’s with all the iPod posts, I’m working on a ‘larger’ article that will be something along the lines of “10 iTunes alternatives for iPod users”, and will reference each of these tutorials in it. That and I finally got my hands on an actual iPod (iShuffle, borrowed). …

How to use Songbird to manage your iPod

I have to say this up front – Songbird is still in “Developer Preview”, which according to the developers means it’s “an incremental release to our proof-of-concept”. I think that’s their way of saying the software is somewhere between Alpha and Beta, which is to say it’s not at all a ‘finished’ product. While using Songbird to sync my iPod I came across all sorts of problems, so I can’t warn you strongly enough to proceed at your own risk. There’s a very good chance that all of your songs will get wiped from your iPod, so if that’s not something you’re willing to risk, don’t proceed.

This tutorial will take you though the steps to use Songbird to sync the music on your computer to your iPod. …