If you have a new PSP and want to use it with a Mac running OSX 10.5 there are a few cool toys that you should be aware of. There are unique problems with them all and they don’t do what they advertise completely – but still, makes things a little easier.
It has one fatal floor in that it doesn’t recognise the new Sony PSP Slim & Lite (sometimes referred to as a PSP2000 or PSP version 2). There is a fix on the MarkSpace support page, but it took quite a while to work out what was going on – then even longer to trawl through their site to find it.
For those interested – it is what I am currently using as it is the most reliable.
From the Nullriver Software site… “PSPWare integrates your Sony PSP (PlayStation Portable) with your Mac, simply, effectively and non-intrusively!“.
Well… Mac – Yes, Simply – Yes, Effectively – Mostly, Non-Intrusively – Are you kidding?
It is a nice attempt at a package, it is quite simple and effective. But it messes with a lot of stuff – it changes how the device is mounted by the operating system and adds files to the memory card presumably to identify it again for later sync’s.
The only reason I am not using this package is because I have the other solution in place for my blackberry already, and it hasn’t crashed yet whereas PSPWare seems to crash every second or third attempt at syncing (when used under OSX 10.5 Leopard).
Interestingly neither of these packages support talking to iTunes under 10.5 – PSPWare crashes and Missing Sync tells me I don’t have iTunes installed. This isn’t so much of an issue for me as a 4GB card doesn’t really give me any space to store my music, and I prefer my iPod anyway.
I really only have the PSP for video – not for games. Something to be aware of is that it takes almost half a day on a PowerBook G4 to get a DVD onto the device.
If you are looking to put your DVD’s onto your PSP for later viewing you will need HandBrake. Both software packages will re-encode videos to make them suitable for the PSP. The annoying this for me so far has been that even videos that are suitable get re-encoded. Adding hours to the whole process.