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How-To Sites/(Pro) Tutorials and Media Aggregation/Management
10 Alternatives to iTunes for managing your iPod (www.simplehelp.net, 07.08.07)
The Complete Guide to Managing iTunes Videos (ilounge.com, 15.02.07)
How to: Share your music via iTunes on the Net (www.sevitz.com, 12.03.05)
PodTube (OS X) and iTube (Windows) are for YouTube to iPod (www.epicempire.com, 06.09.06). Note: If this link is not working also try The Amazing YouTube Tools Collection. (www.indianwebmaster.org)
hymn http://hymn-project.org/ "...allows you to free your iTunes Music Store purchases (protected AAC / .m4p) from their DRM restrictions with no loss of sound quality."
FairGame http://seidai.50webs.com/Seidai%20Software.html "will convert the songs you bought on the iTunes store to an unprotected format..." See also the related online article FairGame cracks iTunes using iMovie. (www.boingboing.net, 31.10.06)
iLounge http://www.ilounge.com/ is about "All things iPod, iTunes and beyond". This is a commercial site with a lot of useful resources (good forums, iPod how-to related articles and more).
HOW TO - Copy data off a Microsoft Zune (use as a hard drive) (www.makezine.com, 23.11.06)
See also the related online article Zune, Creative Commons Don't Mix (www.wired.com, 27.11.06)
Players Supporting Ogg Vorbis
The XiphWiki's PortablePlayers page http://wiki.xiph.org/index.php/PortablePlayers lists "all mobile players known to support Ogg Vorbis. Some do also play FLAC (please add information)".
Rockbox - Open Source Jukebox Firmware
Rockbox http://www.rockbox.org/ is an open source firmware for mp3 players, written from scratch.
FLOSS Manuals http://en.flossmanuals.net/ "is about helping people to use free software by providing quality free manuals. Click on any of the manuals below to read."
VideoHelp http://www.videohelp.com/ is a resource for the advanced consumer (prosumer), has a how-to section (links to many tutorials from all over the web) and forums.
CenterStage http://centerstageproject.com/ is an open-source "Mac Media Center" for Mac OS X.
MediaPortal http://www.team-mediaportal.com/ is an open-source "free MediaCenter" for Windows.
MythTV http://www.mythtv.org/ is an open-source "homebrew PVR project" for Linux.
See also the P2P TV and IPTV entries from our P2P Encyclopedia in this Wiki.
While the entertainment industry is betting high on set top boxes ("media centres") - proprietary technology and user unfriendly DRM included - for TV over the net delivery (IPTV), there is an increasing number of users building their own PVRs (Personal Video Recorder) or a combination of PC, feed aggregator (RSS reader) and BitTorrent technology to get both legally available independently produced content, as well as mainstream TV shows delivered automatically to their PCs.
From an indie media producer's point of view RSS TV can be seen as the future of content distribution: RSS TV = Indie IPTV (or maybe it should be called iPTV: Rip. Mix. Burn. Feed...?)
For details see these related online articles:
Coming to your TV: RSS (describes an alternative use for Apple's upcoming AppleTV - www.p2p-blog.com, 10.01.07)
Hack Attack: Get your TV season pass with Democracy (www.lifehacker.com, 03.10.06)
How to Subscribe to TV Shows Using The Democracy Player, Bittorrent, and RSS (soylentfoo.jnewland.com, 23.02.06)
For finding independently produced video content see:
See the Wikipedia Webcam entry for an overview about webcams and related topics. (en.wikipedia.org)
annodex http://www.annodex.net/ offers "Open standards for annotating and indexing networked media". Available as a Firefox extension.
syncVUE http://www.syncvue.com/ "makes the review and approval process easier than ever before. Multiple people can simultaneously view and annotate local copies of the same media files in perfect sync from different locations - whether separated by cubicles, city blocks, or continents." Commercial software.
Annotation Edit http://www.zeitanker.com/ "gives you a sophistcated interface to attribute and subtitle video or audio in very short time". Commercial software.
Belle Nuit Subtitler http://www.belle-nuit.com/subtitler/index.html is a "program to spot, edit and render subtitles for video editing, DVD authoring and digital cinema". Commercial software.
For research see also On the BBC Annotatable Audio project... (www.plasticbag.org, 18.10.05)