PodShanking: physical pod on pod penetration.PodCasting. BroadCatching. QuadBlasting. I guess I just want in on the portmanteau-ery. I submit to you: Podshanking.
PodShanking can be declared a "hack" in the basest sense of that word: as in hackey. This is a jury-rigged, stop-gap solution to a sticky technical problem. Throw more hardware at this problem and you'll solve it better. Throw more software at this problem and you'll also improve it - or do a quick and dirty solution that gets you the same basic results now. The hack? Direct iPod to iPod transfers.
On the occasion of a recent tipple with friend and game master Rob Boudon we found ourselves in this situation: I was recommending to him a great new album by The Kleptones available for free as MP3s via BitTorrent on their site. We were near his apartment so I started to mentally calculate whether it would be simpler for me instruct Rob on how to download the album himself, or wait until I get home and direct connect via AIM... when I was struck by the cruelty of the fact that our physical iPods - the polar end points for this data transfer quandary were inches away from each other in a safe, clean and mutually consenting environment. PodShanking, anyone?
I'm sick to death of our devices fighting us. I bought this iPod to carry music, not enforce an Apple-branded morality to replace my own internal compass. We all know how our devices should work, but in this tumultuous age we do not yet have casual, home manufacturing and so Sony and Apple and TiVo will continue to break our hearts while we must lick their boots. I bought this iPod and I'm going to use it. Phooey.
PodShanking: a method for direct iPod to iPod song transfers
First things first - the transfer is in real time which means that the amount of time it takes to listen to a song is the amount of time it takes to record it. Please comment with suggestions if you have an idea for circumventing this. I consider this to be a hassle but not a deal breaker - it means over the span of a dinner party or evening out you pocket about 3 new albums.
1) An Apple brand iPod to record to.
- 2) A short connector cable with 1/4" headphone plugs on both ends.
3) Any MP3 player or audio source with an headphone port.
---- A physical voice recorder attachment for your iPod. I used the Griffin iTalk.
---- Or be running this free software: PodZilla. No Microphone needed. (Via Hack-A-Day)
Here's the lowdown: Anyone can plug in an iTalk and record without installing software. This is ideal for ad-hoc PodShanking (a chance meeting in a DMV line.) The Podzilla option is free, safe, easy and higher quality - but doesn't support newer 4G iPods (anything with a grey dial [yet.])
First set up the MP3-rich "mother pod" - select the album you wish to enrich the "baby pod" with. Make as though to play the music through the headphones and then before the music starts - hitPAUSE.
Second set up the receiving baby pod - either boot up the recording functionality installed with Podzilla and prepare to record, or pop in your Griffin brand iTalk which automatically puts even factory standard iPods into record readiness.
Finally Hit record. After a few seconds (the iTalk especially needs a moment to ramp-up if you wish to avoid song clipping.) Then uppause the mother pod. You are now Podshanking.
When the music has been transferred, simply unplug the baby pod and synch up to iTunes when you return home. Your music will drop into a folder called "Voice Memos" where they will need to be renamed appropriately.
In summary: Podshanking: to transfer music between iPods directly via headphone ports with a minimum of equiptment and preparation. Better solutions are certainly out there and the best solution of all is if we could simply ask for the features we want and have them built into the next MP3 player we buy. Until that time our captors are making us more self-sufficient and inventive. PodShank in public. Be visible. Mod.
Yes - this does strip out Apple DRM.
Boo - The Griffin iTalk records an iPod specified 8kHz, 16 bit mono WAV. Go with Podzilla if you can.