Free Music from Apple

by brian d foy

Last night I bought a "refreshed" 40G iPod for $300 from the Apple Store. The battery was run down so I didn't get a chance to look at it until this morning.

There's 8G of music on this thing, and I even like some of it. The problem is I can't just hook up different iPods to my computer and copy all of my music to it. One iPod should be enough for anyone, right?

Since this music is going to disappear when I load up all of my music, I need to save it somewhere else. I mounted the iPod as a FireWire device. I already know I won't be able to see anything interesting in the Finder, so I go straight to the Terminal. The iPod mounts under /Volumes and I can peek inside any directory that I like.

Right now I'm copying all the stuff I want to keep.

Here's something else that's cool: I got a federal government discount on everything I bought. On the back of my American Express I wrote in big, bold letters "ASK FOR ID". The clerk noticed my US Army ID and gave me a big discount.


2004-08-21 12:06:31
I think you've got the makings of a book there
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