With a $20 app and
some light hackery, a
PSP will play anything.
GET AN iLIFE! FOR YOUR
Play music and vids on a PSP (even Mac users).
By Phillip Torrone
With the release of Sony’s PlayStation Portable PSP Data Storage
(PSP) comes the usual disappointment at Sony’s The PSP primarily uses Sony’s proprietary Uni-lack of out-of-the-box support for the Mac. While versal Media Disc (UMD) format for games, video,
the PSP does have a USB mode that allows and large media files. While it is rumored that
universal access to its Memory Stick Duo, and the Sony may open up the UMD format for anyone to
Mac crowd can use a Duo stick to shuttle data read and write with, I’m not holding my breath;
(more on that later), this is where the crumbs I lived through Betamax, Minidisc, and ATRAC.
of kindness end. Fortunately, a ravenous devel- UMD packs 1.8GB of data into its 60mm diam-oper community has released some amazingly eter optical disc. This usually consists of games,
intuitive applications for Mac and PSP. With free music, and movies. But I’m not looking forward
and shareware applications, along with some to paying over and over again for the content I
information on how the PSP stores its data, you already own on other media.
can sync music, photos, and video from a variety Anyway, the PSP offers another way of access-of sources when you plug your PSP into your Mac. ing its data, by using the Memory Stick Duo card.