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Old 01-26-2011, 09:01 PM   #1
joeyfixit
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Can't get music or vids onto my 4th Gen Ipod Touch in Ubuntu


Bought an Ipod Touch 4th Gen today, and I can't get Ubuntu 10.04 to talk to it in a meaningful way.
So far I've tried dling Mediamonkey and running it on Wine - no good. I successfully installed the latest itunes and can run it with Wine, but the ipod doesn't show up on the devices menu on the left. I can see an Ipod touch icon on my desktop and in nautilus, and I can drag files into the ipod via nautilus, but they don't show up on the ipod's music menu. There's an option to open the ipod w/ Rhythmbox, but when I do, it isn't there (in rhythmbox). I'd rather not resort to jailbreaking. I guess I wouldn't mind using virtualbox, but I don't have a copy of XP handy. Mediachest looks like garbage to me, and I don't know how to work it.

I'd welcome suggestions.
 
Old 01-26-2011, 09:32 PM   #2
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Yeah, I think newer iPods and iPhones don't work with Linux. They appear as a mass storage device, but they have a proprietary index file, and refuse to play music that's not in the index. And iTunes' compatibility with Wine is a bit hit-and-miss.

You can download an evaluation version of Windows 7, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/e...442495?lc=1033 . In order to use your iPod with VirtualBox you will have to use the PUEL version of Virtualbox, downloaded from their website; the Open Source Edition (included in Linux distributions) doesn't have USB support. (Of course, you probably don't want to have to pay $$$s for Windows to use your iPod, and you're not supposed to keep running the evaluation version.)

For those running Linux, generally it's a good idea not to buy devices whose manufacturers go out of their way to tie them to their own software, and then don't release said software for Linux.
 
Old 01-26-2011, 09:50 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick response.

I should clarify: I do have Windows 7 on this computer (an asus K50 laptop), but it's partitioned. I use Linux for pretty much everything, and have gotten hooked to speed and no viruses. I'm not too familiar with Virtualbox; can I use it as a link to my Windows?
 
Old 01-26-2011, 10:39 PM   #4
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Virtualbox simulates a computer. You can't run your existing Windows installation in Virtualbox, you'd have to do a new installation in it. (And to be strictly lawful, you'd need a separate Windows license for the Virtualbox install.)

http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/f...e=gtkpod-devel reveals that downgrading the database, to DBVersion 4 or earlier, may make your iPod work with Linux. You need to jailbreak to do the database downgrade, and even then it doesn't work on all iPods.

If that doesn't work, then unless you're synchronising with your iPod several times a day, your best option is to probably reboot into Windows to do it. Hopefully libgpod will support the newer iPhones at some point, but there's no estimate of when.
 
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