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iTunes Sync Enhanced MP3 Player Support

June 17, 2007

I'm sure you all can imagine how many emails I have received from people asking me to add support for new MP3 players in iTunes Sync (trust me, it's a lot). So far my biggest problem with adding MP3 player support has been getting a hold of different devices to test with. It's nearly impossible! I have tested with as many devices as I can gather from my friends, but unfortunately this doesn't include any Sansa devices or Sony devices. These are by far the most requested devices to add support for, but so far have been the trickiest to find for testing. I am hard at work building in MTP support for a future version which will add support for a huge number of devices, but I'm not sure about the Sansa or Sony devices. If you have one of these devices, and you are somewhat technically inclined, I invite you to contact me about testing private builds of iTunes Sync.

A big thanks to everyone who has contacted me so far about results with their MP3 players. It has been a huge help, so keep those emails coming!

iTunes Sync Website Updates

June 16, 2007

In addition to posting iTunes Sync v1.2 last night I also had a chance to update and post some new pages. The Help page has been updated with v1.2 information and is more complete than it was a couple days ago. I have posted a Tested MP3 Players page to keep track of MP3 players that are working and not working. If you have had success with iTunes Sync I invite you to contact me and let me know what device you have. I will add your device to the tested players list and give you credit for the testing, including a link back to your site. Last, but not least, is the new Change Log. The main iTunes Sync page was getting a bit cluttered so I moved the change log onto it's own page.

I have been steadily receiving emails about requested features and requested device support so I'm building the change list for v1.3 this weekend. Keep an eye open for the new version next week sometime. If you have something you would like to see included just drop me a line and I'll see what I can do.

iTunes Sync v1.2 Released

June 16, 2007

iTunes Sync v1.2 has been released into the wild. This version has many requested features and some interface tweaks.

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Changes for this version:

  • Added support for synching to subfolders on the MP3 player (for example, the \Music\ folder instead of just synching everything to the root)
  • Added an "Album" folder structure option (total of 4 now) that looks like this: \Album\Artist - Song.mp3
  • Renamed "Device" to "MP3 Player" throughout the website and application
  • Added a checkbox to allow synching without having to delete the files on the MP3 player first (defaults to not delete)
  • Show a warning if no MP3 players are configured when opening the "Synchronize MP3 Players" window
  • Show a warning if no MP3 players are connected when opening the "Synchronize MP3 Players" window
  • Now Highlights the "Files to Delete" box in red if it is going to delete files
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Go and grab the new version of iTunes Sync right now!

iTunes Sync v1.1 Released

June 13, 2007

iTunes Sync v1.1 has been released into that wild party known as the internet. It has a ton of bug fixes and enhancements, so I recommend that everyone update to the new version. Here's a quick rundown on the changes:

  • Added 2 other folder structure types for a total of 3
    • Root: All files in the root of the drive
    • Artist: All files in folders by artist
    • Artist/Album: All files in folders by artist, then in sub-folders by album
  • Fixed a window positioning issue
  • Added icons to all the buttons for easier function recognition
  • When confirming the files to sync you can now see a list of files to be deleted/copied
  • Now has a more responsive interface during pre-sync and sync (to allow for cancelling... etc) by making the file copy asynchronous
  • During the file sync 3 new fields are shown: Current File, Time Remaining, Transfer Rate (MB/sec)
  • Now checks for other instances of iTunes Sync at startup and only allows 1 instance
  • Removed window flickering when launching the application
  • Fixed an iTunes playlist issue where iTunes Sync sometimes can't find your playlist
  • Now detects and warns when duplicate iTunes playlists are present. Duplicate playlists can lead to incorrect songs being sync'd so syncing is disabled when duplicate playlists are detected

Check out iTunes Sync today!

iTunes Sync v1.0 Released

June 10, 2007

Do you have iTunes? Do you have an iPod? I have iTunes, I don't have an iPod, but I wanted to be able to sync my MP3 player with iTunes, regardless of what brand it was... and so iTunes Sync was born. In just a few easy steps you can synchronize any iTunes playlist with any MP3 player that shows up as a drive letter in Windows (pretty much all of them do). It's as simple as 3 easy steps:

  • Setup a playlist in iTunes that you want to sync to your MP3 player
  • Configure your MP3 player in iTunes Sync by giving it a name, selecting an "identification file or folder" and selecting a playlist from iTunes
  • Now just click Synchronize and watch the magic happen!

You can configure as many different MP3 players as you need and synchronize each one with the different iTunes' playlists. Amazing! Magic! Technology!

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iTunes Sync

In my quest to synchronize my MP3 player with iTunes, before I wrote iTunes Sync, I came across a fantastic application written by Jaran Nilsen called iTunes Agent. It seemed to have some of the features I needed, but I ran into occasional problems and I wanted a few extra bells and whistles... and it seems that development has been stalled for a year now, so I took matters into my own hands. And so iTunes Sync was born.

I would highly advise that you go and check out iTunes Sync right now!

ASP.NET ViewState Helper (Fiddler Extension) v0.1 Released

May 19, 2007

I am proud to announce the latest piece of software to be released under the Binary Fortress umbrella: the ASP.NET ViewState Helper Fiddler Extension. This takes most of the functionality from the full ASP.NET ViewState Helper but wraps it into a neat little extension that can be used with Fidder version 2. What is Fiddler, you ask?

Fiddler is a HTTP Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP Traffic, set breakpoints, and "fiddle" with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler includes a powerful event-based scripting subsystem, and can be extended using any .NET language. Fiddler is freeware and can debug traffic from virtually any application, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and thousands more.

It's a great little application for troubleshooting web development problems, and now it's even better with the addition of ViewState decoding.

Check it out today!