iTunes 2 excluded
The Newton iTunes plug-in does not include a copy of the iTunes
application, which you will need to download separately. iTunes
is a Mac user must have. It sorts, shuffles, plays, imports, exports, burns, slices and dices MP3's and other audio file types. If you don't have iTunes
yet, get it from the official iTunes
With Eckhart Köppens great MAD
player for Newton, you can enjoy MP3 audio at 64kbit/s - 22khz
enconding. Other bitrates work as long as the sample rate is either
22 or 44.1khz.
Take parts of your MP3 collection for a spin
Sure, you can't have it all, but there is a good chance you can
grab at least parts of your collection and go nomad!
We assume that this possibility will open up for other Newton
products and create a new market for ATA drivers, memory cards,
USB dongle killers, interconnect-to-earplug
adaptors and many
with you anywhere
There is nowhere your music can't go, really.
The iTunes plug-in reveals a new dimension of music sharing with
your friends. Since the Newton has no hardware or software lock,
you can now take your favourite music between different computers
without hacking the applications.
1. Step One
Install the file "Newton Device Plugin" in the iTunes
Plug-ins Device folder. This folder is normally located according
to this path:
Macintosh HD:Applications (Mac OS 9):iTunes:Plug-ins:Device Plug-ins
(or wherever your iTunes program is installed)
2. Step Two
Drop the file "NewtonDeviceLib" in your extensions folder:
Macintosh HD:System Folder:Extensions
No need to panic, it's a library, not an extension. It does not
anything else on your computer, and does not require a restart.
3. Step Three
There is no step three ... just fire up your iTunes application
ond your Mac and start the dock application on the Newton - you're
right on target!
If you want to see how the iTunes and Newton operate together,
check the Operations page.
If you want a fast lane into the music heaven, get yourself an
Ethernet card. With a
compatible Ethernet card, you will be able to access your
Macintosh via EtherTalk from the Dock application.
Good or bad, depending on how you see it, the Newton was created
well before modern standards were around. Hence, neither FireWire nor USB are supported.
Instead, the Newton MessagePad 2000/2100 sports a unique InterConnect
port which can transfer your MP3's at a blazingly fast 38kbps.
If you value your time, leave the transfer overnight.
The Newton does not carry any fragile hard drives, instead you
can store up to 64Mb of music thanks to the two full-size PCMCIA
expansion slots. The Newton uses Linear Flash, expensive and rare,
but damn quick!
As soon as Paul Gyot's ATA driver will be released to the public,
your Newton will
up to 10GB of music equalling countless hours of blockbuster beats.
ATA memory chips are cheap and come in many flavours. You can
find as much as 5GB
of PCMCIA ATA memory for considerably less money than Linear Flash. With its two expansion slots, your MP can carry up to 10GB of media files.
The largest Compact Flash ATA cards today are available in sizes
up to 512MB.
The necessary ATA drivers for using Compact Flash memory
are currently under development.
If you want to give Paul Gyot's beta drivers a try, the ATA project
pages can be found here.
In order to use Compact Flash, you will need a CF adapter.