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can I use an i-pod or an i-river as an extra hard drive?

by lianetai / November 26, 2004 6:12 AM PST

I'm a little behind the buying curve here, but.. I heard that with the i-pod, you have to keep your music on your computer's hard drive. If you delete the music off your hard drive, it then gets deleted off the i-pod the next time you hook the i-pod up. Is that true? What about the comparable i-river? I want to get something that can act as an extra hard drive for my music so that I dont' have to store any music on my pathetic 10GB laptop. what machine would be best? thanks!

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Re: can I use an i-pod or an i-river as an extra hard drive?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 26, 2004 6:21 AM PST

The ipod has a "files" mode which you can use to move files about. But these files, even when a MP3 will not play.

What does play is what's in the itunes collection. And what's on the collection does not have to be on the player and vice versa... At first this may confuse some.

The iriver on the other hand can have MP3 files and play such.

Does that help?

Bob

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Re: can I use an i-pod or an i-river as an extra hard drive?
by lianetai / November 26, 2004 6:55 AM PST

Thanks for the quick reply! I'm a little confused though.. I'm not very familiar with itunes software. could you explain this again for the complete newbie/idiot's guide? "What does play is what's in the itunes collection. And what's on the collection does not have to be on the player and vice versa... At first this may confuse some."

So with the i-pod, you can have music files on the i-pod and not on your computer, but you just can't listen to those? But with the i-river, you can have music files on the i-river and not on the computer AND you can listen to them?

I really appreciate all of the help. Happy

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I can't explain itunes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 27, 2004 12:49 AM PST

However it is at the itunes web site and there are many FAQs about it.

"So with the i-pod, you can have music files on the i-pod and not on your computer, but you just can't listen to those?"

True. The files mode is for "files".

"But with the i-river, you can have music files on the i-river and not on the computer AND you can listen to them?"

Yes. It doesn't try to control the Digital Rights so tightly.

Bob

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thank you!
by lianetai / November 27, 2004 1:14 AM PST

Thank you for all the help!

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