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Spotify Launches New Services to take on iTunes

Spotify, the company which offers music streaming service has announced the launch of its latest offering, with a new iPod management functionality. The new service from Spotify offers users to sync all their music as well as buy MP3s through their revamped download service. The service can also be used on their mobile phones with the help of the Spotify Mobile app for iOS and Android, which will now allow its users to sync wirelessly with their favourite  MP3 playlists from their PC.

Features

  • The app allows you to connect your iPod to your computer via your USB cable which will then appear in the new ‘Devices’ section of your Spotify sidebar to sync all the MP3s in your Spotify playlists to your iPod
  • The Spotify iPhone & Android apps will let you sync wirelessly with your MP3 playlists in Spotify from your computer, by addind your phone to the ‘Devices’ section.
  • Spotify’s MP3 download service introduces a new range of MP3 bundles, which will now be available at competitive prices, starting from 50p per song, with 10 tracks for £7.99/€9.99 (80p/€1 a track), 15 tracks for £9.99/€12.99 (67p/€0.87 /track), 40 tracks for £25/€30 (63p/€0.75) or 100 tracks for £50/€60 (50p/€0.60).

The new service is compatible with iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPod, which will also allow its users to sync MP3 content from Spotify Playlists to any iPod without the need of iTunes.

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Daniel Ek, CEO & Founder of Spotify stated;

Free and Open users can use our mobile app for all MP3s they would like to sync, both songs bought in Spotify and songs on their computer that they’ve purchased from before. If you’re missing MP3s in your Spotify playlist that you would like to sync to your iPod you can easily complete it by purchasing missing songs in one easy step in Spotify, before syncing.

The new service will soon be available all across the world, but currently is only available in selected European countries.
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Apple iPod Classic May Get 220 GB of Storage

Many of us may not be fond of the Apple iPod Classic, mainly because it’s old, bulky and out of fashion. It’s not the same idea with people who have a huge collection of music and like to carry it around with them. The iPod Touch won’t help you out then, with all that touchscreen magic there is not much storage space. I myself have around a 100gig of music and iPod Touch wouldn’t be my first choice.

That’s where the iPod Classic steps in with it’s marvelous storage capacity of 120GB and 160GB which would surely be very useful for geeks who like to carry a lot more music, videos and other data wherever they go. And even though the iPod Classic is quite old now and hasn’t been updating since a long time, Apple hasn’t stopped it’s production and still sells it.

This could all change with the all new Toshiba hard drives that offer storage capacities of up to 220GB in the same 1.8 inch 5mm form factor the iPod Classic uses. The new Toshiba MK series of hard drives come in 160GB, 200GB and 220GB and according to a report by Hardmac, Apple may soon update the iPod Classic line up with these hard drives.

Imagine the iPod Classic, the big boy of all the iPods, to be packing another 60GB more, that’s like carrying half of a normal home computers storage around in your pocket. If Apple decides to update the current line-up of the Classic with the Toshiba 220GB Hard Drives then I’m definitely all game for getting myself a brand new iPod Classic.

What would you do? There’s the iPhone 4 for the calls and multi-tasking and then there’s the iPod Classic for your storage needs.

How to Manually Unlock iPod Nano or Classic Without Password

The iPod Nano and iPod Classic can be locked with a 4 digit numeric password. A lot of times we forget this password or some kid accidentally locks the iPod without noticing the password. Here’s a quick solution to manually unlock iPod without password. You will not lose any music or other media files.

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If you have access to the computer with which the iPod was synced, then you can just connect the iPod to that computer and click on Sync to remove the iPod’s Password. That’s all. After sync the iPod should be unlocked.

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However, if you don’t have immediate access to that particular computer here’s an alternative solution which works on both windows and Mac OS X. This solution works on both iPod Nano and iPod Classic but not for iPod Touch.

Steps to Remove iPod’s Password:

Step 1: When you connect your iPod to any computer the disk should appear in My Computer(windows) or Finder(Mac). Proceed to next step if it does. Else launch iTunes and Select Enable Disk Use & Manually Manage Music and select Sync. This will not erase any files and can be done on any computer.

Step 2: Enable viewing Hidden files on your computer. If you don’t know how to check out these guides:

Now Open the iPod Disk in Finder/Explorer and goto iPod Control > Device and delete the file “_Locked” and eject iPod.

Voila! Your iPod should now be unlocked with all the music and photo files intact.

If it still doesn’t work just restart your iPod by pressing the Select and Center buttons until you see the Apple logo.

Don’t buy any professional software to unlock your iPod as all the apps out there use this same method. When you can do it yourself, why pay for it.