There has been a recent buzz on the internet in regards to various updates that Apple has made to the iPod, as well as their iTunes software that goes with the iPod. The general buzz is that the iPod is designed to make it easy to put music on the device, but it is much harder to get the music off of the device.
There are a few programs out there that allow you to get around this, and the one that I have been seeing mentioned frequently is EphPod. EphPod isn’t a new thing, it has been around since the iPod first came out (well, slightly after to allow for development time). It was even mentioned in Wired News in 2002.
If that name looks familiar, it should – that “Eph” is indeed a Williams College reference. The developer of EphPod is Joe Masters (apologies to Joe, I think he was class of ’02, but I could be remembering that incorrectly).
I worked with Joe on a neuroscience project at Williams and when I saw the EphPod first come out, I e-mailed him about it asking some questions (it was the first one to allow Windows to access the iPod at all – even before Apple created a public iTunes client for Windows). And now it looks like it works under Linux as well.
I looked (perhaps not hard enough), but couldn’t find a Joe Masters blog, so perhaps he is content to be a popular developer and doesn’t waste his time babbling on about things the way some of us do (please note the sarcasm and self deprecation dripping from that in case you took offense).