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Re: [Bug-gnupod] New Shuffle played flag and bookmark flag

From: H. Langos
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnupod] New Shuffle played flag and bookmark flag
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 11:29:41 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

Hi Nathan,

> Thanks for the great software

I'm glad somebody is using gnupod. There's no download counter for 
gnupod (at least I havn't found it) so I don't have a clue about its 
user base. I also don't Adrian is pretty busy with other stuff so the 
project currently "feels" a sleepy. Now back to yoiur question.

As I understand it there are no "new" iPod shuffle models. The 
latest shuffle model was introduced 2008-02 and was only an upgrade 
from 1GB to 2GB. Even the apple website still calls it 2.nd 
generation (same as the 2006 models): http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1353

You can also assume that the database format didn't change to "4" (or you 
wouldn't be able to put music on it at all).

> Whenever I skip to the next podcast I want it to be 
> discarded. Everything worked great until I had to replace my nano with 
> a new ipod shuffle.  Now the bookmark field always says "0" with 
> bookmarkable="1"and the played _flag is always says "0" .

Since you are using 0.99.7 you already have the following change
in there:
- gnupod_otgsync.pl: Marking files as played even when only the
  skipcount or bookmark is > 0.
(It isn't mentioned in the CHANGES file though.)

Here's the interesting line from gnupod_otgsync.pl:
 $el->{file}->{played_flag} = 1 if ($el->{file}->{playcount} > 0 || 
$el->{file}->{skipcount} > 0 || $el->{file}->{bookmark} > 0);

I've never had an iPod shuffle. So I wonder if the shuffle updates 
those fields at all. Come to speak of if I wonder if the iPod shuffle 
does write any otg (On The Go) data at all. So, unless somebody with 
an iPod shuffle stands up and cries "bullshit" I'll put that down as 
a limitation of the iPod shuffle.

Oh, wait ... google just produced an interesing hit for "ipod shuffle
bookmark":  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1831
Can you confirm that the iPod shuffle does not bookmark mp3 files at 
all? If it doesn't then maybe it is also a little shaky on the skipcount
as suggested here: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=723026


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