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3. iPod Software > 48. Use .NET to Access the iPod’s Database

Use .NET to Access the iPod’s Database

Code applications in Visual Studio to access your iPod’s database using .NET.

When you install the iPod software for Windows, a file called ipodservice.exe is installed. This runs constantly in the background, checking to see if an iPod has been plugged in. If it has, the .exe launches iTunes, ready to update all your music. Needless to say, if you don’t have this .exe running, these useful features will not work.

However, this file is interesting for another reason. Through the wonders of Microsoft’s Component Object Model (COM), a fairly substantial application programming interface (API) is exposed for performing numerous operations on the iPod.


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