Enabling the iPod Screen Saver

by Erica Sadun

Found a great tip on Digg. I can't quite tell if the author of this is Franc Isreal or Francis Real or Franc Is Real--and since his or her .mac account has currently exploded due to the Digg effect, I can't really find out from his/her other pages. Here's a summary of the tip which shows how to enable the iPod Screen Saver.

  1. Set your iPod options to Enable disk use. This option appears on the iPod Summary tab in iTunes 7. (Here's a neat, completely unreleated hack on how to do this manually on your iPod.)

  2. In the Finder, double-click on your iPod icon to open its file browser.

  3. In the top-level iPod folder (the one with your Notes and Calendar and Contacts), create a new folder (File->New Folder, Command-Shift-N). Name it Demo Mode.

  4. 0610ScreenSaver1scaled.jpg

  5. In iTunes 7, select any Movie file and rename it to Demo.

  6. 0610ScreenSaver2.jpg

  7. Dismount your iPod, but leave it in the charger. After a minute or two, the video named Demo automatically plays and then repeats.


2006-10-09 11:43:29
Sounds like Franky did some digging around in an Apple Store display iPod. Or something.
Erica Sadun
2006-10-09 11:55:11
That would be my guess too. Works great. Now, I'm trying to decide whether I really like having a video play over and over again as my iPod charges or whether it's going to drive me crazy long-term.
Gary S
2006-10-10 09:26:36
Very cool. I downloaded the latest iPod commercial (the one with the light trails), and converted it for the iPod. Works great!
José Chu
2006-11-30 15:26:07
Does it work with the iPod nano?
Erica Sadun
2006-11-30 16:13:57
I have no idea. I know it works with the iPod Video...
2007-01-22 13:21:28
It will not work with Ipod Nano. Nano doesn't support video.
kyle martinez
2007-02-17 14:39:26
does it work on ipod minis?
Erica Sadun
2007-02-17 17:45:47
I'm pretty sure it is 5G and up video only
2008-03-17 02:44:54
i know a better way that you can even make slideshows with your photos!
go to http://applegossip.freeforums.org/iphoto-slideshow-on-your-ipod-t34.html