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apple doesnt make a version of itunes that runs natively in linux; consider gtkpod, rhythmbox, amorok, banshee, ... although you cant buy stuff from apple; also consider amazon un-box to buy stuff from amazon.
dugan,schneidz Thank you so much!!! I appreciate it a lot!
Virtual machine seems like too much trouble... I was never interested in iTunes Store,I was simply worried that I would not be able to operate my ipod through ubuntu (which I'm going to install) and that the only solution would be to have all my music in the windows partition.
But I needn't worry too much about it,since Wine,gtkpod or rhythmbox seem to be a good solution!!!
I have xUbuntu installed in my kids machines, with a 512mb Ram Win-xp VirtualBox install for just this purpose. They can sync their iPods/Phone through RhythmBox or Banshee and run iTunes to download their music or use that to sync as well.
This setup works wonderfully well and keeps their PC secure. You can lock up xp, all it's doing is connecting to iTunes and running the odd peice of software.
It's not too difficult to setup and worth it.
You can enable VirtualBox to get hold of the USB and hence the device and off ya go.