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Old 10th June 2006, 16:16   #3
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Winamp, iPod support and easy fixes

I'm having similar problems with Winamp and iPod support.

First, as for Winamp's native iPod support erasing/screwing up your iPod, that was actually resolved here:

Here's what I did to fix mine awhile back, from that post by Panther37:

Open up windows explorer. Make sure you can see hidden folders.
Goto H:\iPod_Control\iTunes (H: is the drive letter of your iPod)
COPY iTunesDB.old to iTunesDB <- Please copy so you don't ruin your backup file.
Disconnect your iPod and enjoy.

My problem is with trying to play my iPod through Winamp. I used to be able to just press "play", hit shuffle and let it go. It'd randomize my 20+GB of music and go for it with no problem.

After 5.22, it seems that Winamp is trying to load my entire music collection into memory before playing! Task manager shows Winamp eating nearly half the CPU cycles and the memory just continues to be eaten. There's a memory leak there, somewhere...before, we could just click play and go. In an attempt to "fix" something, something else has been seriously "broken".

For the record, I'm using Winamp 5.23, the ml_ipod plugin (1.32, but I've seen the same functionality with Winamp's native plugin), XPSP2, P4 2.6Ghz, 1.5GB RAM. The iPod's connected through a Firewire 400 PCI card.
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