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Hussein Baghdadi
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Hi.
I'm currently considering a Windows to Linux Ubuntu migration but what about my iPod?
iTunes isn't available for Linux and I failed to find any thing useful on the web.
Do you "iPod" on Linux?
Thanks.
 
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I don't think so. Which, as even Eric Raymond admits, is one of the reasons why desktop Linux isn't as popular as it could be.
 
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Yes, I use iPod regularly with ubuntu linux.

On KDE you can use amarok - http://amarok.kde.org/
On GNOME you can use rhythmbox - http://www.gnome.org/projects/rhythmbox/

Of course there are MANY more applications - gpod gnupod etc etc a google search ought to help
 
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You can also have a look here - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PortableDevices/iPod
 
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I stand corrected (and amazed, actually). It sounds as if the iPod is used as a regular USB device, though; is that true? I should imagine that that would limit the compatibility with iTunes as used on OS X/Windows.
 
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Ulf, no, iTunes uses a very strange file-name + database + album picture in a db combination, so you cannot put mp3 files directly on it - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipod#File_storage_and_transfer

You need to use iTunes or Floola or Amarok or any of these - http://www.simplehelp.net/2007/07/08/10-alternatives-to-itunes-for-managing-your-ipod/

Hence all the songs you put using software other than iTunes is visible under iTunes too, since the database format used by all the

Linux has got iPod support for quite a long time now.. In fact, in Ubuntu, it should work out of box - rhythmbox should open the moment you plug in the iPod. If that didn't work for you John, I'm surprised
 
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On KDE you can use amarok

AFAIK, Amarok is available on GNOME too.
If that didn't work for you John, I'm surprised

I didn't install Ubuntu yet, I'm trying to make sure to transfer all my Windows working environment to Linux as smooth as possible.
 
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Originally posted by John Todd:

AFAIK, Amarok is available on GNOME too.


Yes, but amarok looks good on kde, and if you are using gnome it'll install lots of kde libs .. I prefer to keep gnome and kde separate myself.. So, I was just stating my preference

Oh, and welcome to Linux, you're going to love it for sure !!
 
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