How To Get Music Off your iPhone

A couple of months back I wrote a post about how the iPod stores music internally and how you could use that knowledge to retrieve music stored on your iPod without using any external tools. This is made possible because of the fact that the iPod identifies itself as a USB connected external disk and let’s a user browse the contents of it’s filesystem using almost any operating system.

An iPhone on the other hand is an even more closed system than the iPod. While Apple atleast has opened the filesystem of an iPod, the iPhone doesn’t even let a user browse it’s filesystem contents. The only way then to manage the music on your iPhone is using a compatible version of iTunes. Right ?

Well, yes and no. While it is true that the only official method to manage music on the iPhone is using iTunes, a lot of enterprising hackers have been able to decrypt the protocol that iTunes uses to communicate with the iPhone and have created standalone utilities that let a user do stuff that Apple never wanted iTunes to do, like copy music off an iPhone.

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uQuery: A better search engine for the Apple App store

uQuery LogoThe Apple App store has truly revolutionized the business of mobile phone applications. It is often touted as a unique feature of the iPhone (and the iPod Touch) and is absolutely one of the best things to have happened to the developers developing applications for the platform.

For the end user, though, the App store can be a bit frustrating at times. There are a dozen or so categories and hundreds of applications available for download under each category. At last count, the store had over 65,000 applications competing with each other for a share of the (crowded) market.

iTunes, and it’s mobile counterpart, is used to search for and download applications for the App store. The problem is that with the limited search functions (and categorization) that iTunes provides, it is a nightmare for the users to actually sift through all the choices available and download that one application which’ll work for them.

uQuery aims to solve that very problem and make it easier for the end users to search the app store through an easy interface that (almost) reminds one of the simplicity of Google. And that in my books is a good thing.

uQuery

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Google releases iPhone interface for Google Book search

Google Book searchGoogle has just released an iPhone optimised interface for their Book search portal.

This brings almost 1.5 million public domain books within easy reach of iPhone/iPod touch owners.

The only problem is that unlike other eBook readers available for the iPhone, the user has to be connected and online to read books on Google’s platform. The other ebook readers usually let the user download a copy of the book on to their fancy devices and read the books at leisure.

Apart from the above problem, Google’s interface is also quite spartan compared to the other offline readers like  Stanza. The web based Google Book search does not support hand gestures to change pages, will not have fancy page turning effects and it looks like in its current avatar, tends to display multiple pages of a book on the same page and so reading a book requires quite a bit of scrolling.

Book search interface

That said, having access to 1.5 million books can only be a good thing and I’m sure many of us would love to curl up with a good book … err iPhone .. in our hands on a nice sunday afternoon. Get start by visiting Google book search from your iPhone at http://books.google.com/m.

This web application also works with the Android browser.