As Nancy pointed out in her article The 7 Coolest Wikipedia Plugins for Your Browser, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer users can benefit from the handiness of Wikipedia’s portability. You can also find Wikipedia on newer phones and the iPod Touch, but what about older generations of the iPod? Well, there’s an easy solution for that as well.
In this article, I am going to show you how to install Wikipedia on your iPod using an open source program called Encyclopodia. While I am only going to cover the Windows installation, you can do this on Mac and Linux as well.
Encyclopodia – The Encyclopedia On Your iPod
Encyclopodia is a free software project that brings Wikipedia to the Apple iPod. Encyclopodia can be installed on iPod genarations one to four, as well as on iPod Minis and Photo iPods.
Taking Wikipedia offline is nothing new here. We covered 4 Free Tools to Download and Take Wikipedia Offline back in 2008. Encyclopedia was made possible by the developers of the iPodLinux Project, which Mark originally covered way back in December of 2007.
Now that you know what we’re dealing with, let’s get to the fun part.
For Windows users, the first step is to download the installation wizard. Once downloaded, connect your iPod to your PC via USB cable and start iTunes. At the bottom of your iTunes window, you will want to click on the player options button, as seen here:
In the options panel, you want to make sure Enable disk use is checked. Once you’ve done that, close iTunes.
Then, unpack the Encyclopodia installation wizard you downloaded and run the “encyclopodia-setup.exe” file.
[Note]: If you get an error saying that a device is not ready, click on “Retry”. The wizard tries to access some ports while searching for the iPod.
Follow the instructions on the installation wizard until it says that the installation is complete. Eject and disconnect your iPod.
Did it work?
You can test the Encyclopodia system by following these steps:
If you have a 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation iPod:
- Switch on your iPod
- Hold down the menu and the play button for 5 seconds
If you have a 4th generation iPod or an iPod mini:
- Switch on your iPod
- Hold down the menu and the select button for 5 seconds
In either case, holding down the buttons will cause the iPod to reboot. While the iPod boots, hold down the rewind button (unless you have told the installation wizard to make Encyclopodia the default system).
If everything appears to be working, go to the ebook library, download some .epodia-Files, and copy the files into the following directory on the harddrive of your iPod: “G:\data\encyclopodia\library\” (where “G:” is the harddrive of your iPod; it might have a different letter on your computer).
[Note]: Installing Encyclopodia on Mac or Linux is a little more difficult, but it is doable. The problem is the absence of a setup wizard, but you can find installation instructions here.
In conclusion, you don’t need to feel left out if you don’t have a fancy new-gen iPod because you can still access Wikipedia from it. Will you be installing Wikipedia on your old iPod? Are there any other cool iPod tricks or hacks you would like to share?
Please leave your thoughts, ideas, and comments below.