Okay, so I've done several hours of googling and searching forums, but I can't seem to get this working. I've never owned an iPod before, and never planned to, so this is all new to me.
I recently got an iPod Touch. I am strongly against the use of proprietary software, such as Windows or iTunes. For this reason I would have never purchased an iPod. I won this one through my place of employment, and since it's such a cool device, I figure I'll keep it, rather than selling it, but I'm having some trouble getting it recognized in Linux.
I've already found out that the iPod comes formatted with HFS+, and that Linux either needs to be compiled w/HFS support or needs the module loaded. I THINK I've managed to get the module loaded ok, but I don't know what to do now. When I plug it in it doesn't show up under /dev. dmesg shows that it has been attached:
[87720.212055] usb 4-3: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 11
[87720.347132] usb 4-3: configuration #1 chosen from 3 choices
[87720.352685] usb 4-3: New USB device found, idVendor=05ac, idProduct=1293
[87720.352705] usb 4-3: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[87720.352712] usb 4-3: Product: iPod
[87720.352717] usb 4-3: Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
[87720.352722] usb 4-3: SerialNumber: a7fa2d...
I've done modprobe hfsplus/hfs. I'm not very experienced with using modules, so maybe I'm still not doing something right (obviously, since it still doesn't work).
I have one other question:
What exactly does iTunes do to your iPod when you "Configure" it (using Windows)? I've read that all it really does is reformat it as FAT32 so that windows can read it, but if that were so, why does my iPod do NOTHING except tell me that it needs to be connected to iTunes? I can't even browse through the different menus, use the apps, etc. It DOES have the firmware already installed, right? Or does iTunes load that on there after it reformats it? What all needs to be done before my iPod will work right?
Any help GREATLY appreciated. I know I could just plug it into iTunes on my XP box, and have it working in a matter of minutes, but I'm just stubborn that way and do not want to give in and use their
software. I'm positive that this can be done another way. Plus, it's a good learning experience.