iPod drivers without iTunes

When it comes to using itunes (No, I’m not capitalizing the T every time), I generally treat it as I would a piece of malware: avoid opening it at all costs, and if I have to, do it in a VM. In fact, I hate itunes. It’s bloated, uses tons of memory, and forces me to install all kinds of proprietary crap on my machine… no bueno. Unfortunately, you need it to interface with your ipod, or so Apple would have you believe. In fact, you can get away with a much more lightweight solution. I wanted to use my old 1G iPod touch again, after neglecting it for a few months… here’s my approach to get away with just installing the necessary services.

Note: This was done on Windows XP SP3, with a 1st generation ipod touch and itunes 10.3. Since it was the latest version of itunes, I’m hopeful this approach will work with other i-devices. Any comments are appreciated.

  1. Download itunes
  2. Rename the file extension from .exe to .rar
  3. Open it up in WinRAR, or 7-Zip, and extract the files
  4. Just install AppleMobileDeviceSupport.msi and AppleApplicationSupport.msi

From here, you just need an application to manage your ipod with! Wikipedia has a good article about the various ipod managers to choose from, but my personal recommendation is definitely:

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