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yes, but not like you'd think.
Authored by: Thom on Jan 28, '05 06:55:43PM

You can use the iPod as a player, AND as a hard drive, but you cannot use the iPod to store your iTunes Music Library (as a hard drive) AND expect those very same files to also be accessible to the iPod.

While I may personally disagree with this approach by Apple, I can understand why they did it. One reason is piracy. They don't want to encourage people to copy music OFF of iPods (eg to give to their friends.) Though methods exist to grab the music from an iPod's (private/internal) music file storage area, none are supported by Apple.

Another reason is probably indexing. If you've ever looked inside the iTunes Music Library folder, you'll see that it contains one folder for each artist, subfolders for each album, and then the music files from those albums. The iPod, on the other hand, stores all of your music files in a single level of folders (F00..F##) stored on the device in a series of hidden folders.

In other words, you can *either* have your music on there for _playback_ from the iPod, OR for _storage_ ON the iPod, but not both. You'd literally have to put it on there twice, once on the 'iPod side' and once on the 'Hard Drive' side.

So even though you COULD do it, it wouldn't make much sense to do it. I may not agree with their choices, but I can see why they did it that way. Better to store your music on an external HD which isn't fighting for space with your iPod music library. :)

(Besides, your iTunes music library should always be bigger than your iPod's capability to hold music, or equal. That, or you need to broaden your musical tastes...)

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