Unfortunately, these changes broke compatibility with a number of third-party i Pod management applications, since they needed to update the checksum when updating content on the i Pod.
There were some rumours at that time was that Apple had added “encryption” to the i Pod database to deliberately break third-party applications.
The files in the Music folder won’t necessarily be organized in any meaningful way for a human, since they are expected to be accessed via the i Pod’s library database, which contains all of the information and other metadata for each track cross-referenced with the location of these individual files.
The times they are a-changin’—The 2007 i Pod models, the i Phone and the i Pod touch Traditionally, as far as your operating system is concerned, the i Pod has simply appeared to your computer as a removable storage device—basically an external hard drive.
Probably the single most frequently-asked question of our editors here at i Lounge is “How do I copy music from my i Pod back to my computer?
” Although Apple’s i Tunes program is very good at keeping a computer-based library synchronized to an i Pod automatically, or for manually transferring tracks from your computer’s i Tunes library onto your i Pod, it provides extremely limited functionality for transferring information in the opposite direction—from your i Pod back to your computer.
In reality, however, there are any number of legitimate reasons why a user may want to copy music from their i Pod back to their computer, such as recovering from a catastrophic system failure, or easily transferring a large i Tunes library over to a new computer.This was most commonly observed when disconnecting the i Pod prior to an i Tunes sync being completed—i Tunes wouldn’t be able to update the database, and since the i Pod itself didn’t know what was going on, it would be left with an inconsistent or incomplete database of track information.The i Pod classic and i Pod nano (video) released in September 2007 retained this same approach to synchronization with i Tunes, but added an extra “checksum” in the i Pod database to help ensure that it would be left in a more consistent state in the event of a problem occurring during synchronization with i Tunes.However, there is no guarantee that future generations of i Pod will continue to support these methods.Further, this information does not apply to content stored on the Apple TV, since despite its integration with i Tunes, a different synchronization technology is used for this device and there are presently no methods to recover content from the Apple TV without hacking into or physically disassembling the unit.