XPod to offer iPod to Wintel users

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Mediafour, a company that makes products such as Macdrive, is planning a product that will let Wintel users take advantage of Apple's iPod.

XPod, will let owners of Wintel systems that have FireWire ports use the iPod, Kristin Tedesco, marketing coordinator of Mediafour, told MacCentral. No release date or price has been set, though the company "hopes to have something out for the public within a couple of weeks."

"Although we will release a very solid piece of software, we intend to price it very affordably," Tedesco said. "The idea is to engineer the XPod software so that it creates a very intuitive experience for the user. Using an iPod with a Mac is certainly a great experience. There's a world of difference between Mac OS and Windows, but we are having no trouble making it great, different though it may be. We are currently working to provide a simple Explorer-based interface for exchange of files, in addition to plug-in functionality for Windows Media Player."

She added that Mediafour isn't out to undo the approach Apple has taken with regard to music rights protection. The final release of XPod will maintain a similar level of protection to that employed by iPod and iTunes, Tedesco said.

You can check for updates at the product Web site. Mediafour also plans to post a Q&A section soon.

This story, "XPod to offer iPod to Wintel users" was originally published by PCWorld.

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