How can multimedia-capable embedded product make content appear instantly available, even when the removable media device contains thousands of files and the interface takes many seconds to fully synchronize?

This paper explores several synchronization techniques, including “directed’ sync,” which is based on user selection. It also examines techniques for synching metadata from iPods, using either the traditional iPod Access Protocol over serial/USB links or the newer authentication IC approach. And last, the paper discusses techniques of data persistence, with a focus on managing the reinsertion of previously inserted media.