As I right-clicked on the device, I noticed a new menu option had popped up, "Open as a Portable Device". I clicked it, and opened Musicbee. I noticed the iPod 5th gen was now being read as an iPod! In pure disbelief, I ejected the device and plugged it back in. Still an iPod!
Was this "Open as a Portable Device" an option when you right clicked it in Windows? That's unreal if that's all it was.QuoteTo my knowledge, he biggest downfall of using iPods on windows is the fact that the libraries will be identical when syncing with Musicbee.
This is technically true with how the plugin is setup. But you could just click the work offline button and this will sync iTunes with whatever settings you have in Musicbee, then you can close MusicBee, open iTunes and sync the devices manually in iTunes. Just remember anything you change in iTunes will not get synced back to MB.
In MusicBee just setup 2 playlists. On for the 5th Gen and one for the 7th Gen
Run the plugin and click work offline. Tick the 2 playlists and sync them to iTunes.
Close MusicBee, this will auto close iTunes as well, just re-open iTunes.
Plugin your 5th gen and change the settings in iTunes so only the 5th gen playlist syncs to it. Let it sync.
Plugin your 7th gen and change the settings in iTunes so only the 7th gen playlist syncs to it. Let it sync.
The big question is, does the auto conversion work yet?
It was, but to my knowledge it wasn't there before. As far as the plugin is concerned, I haven't messed with it since the iPods started recognizing in Musicbee. As of now my 7th gen has the majority of my library, in a compressed format. My 5th Gen iPod has my library in an uncompressed format, with a different combination of playlists on each one.
I'll be honest, I'm a little worried to mess with anything else at this point; if Musicbee can convert on the fly and sync my library unhindered, to multiple devices, maybe I should just let things be how they are.