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I'm currently testing Exaile 3.3.1 (the latest) built from my own SlackBuild. In theory it's supposed to handle iPods, but I haven't seen my friend yet to test it. Do you know if there's some specific library libipodsomething against which I have to build Exaile in order for the iPod to be recognized?
Thanks for the gtkpod suggestion. At least I know there's one working solution. In the meantime I'm looking for a bells-and-whistles audio application that integrates everything transparently, and the latest Exaile looks like a promising candidate.
I used to have an iPod mini before moving on to a Sansa Clip+. Gtkpod worked out really well when it came to transferring files on and off that mini. If you do opt to use gtkpod, one caveat is to be careful if you later connect your iPod to someone's Mac or Windows PC running iTunes -- I used to hate how iTunes would do things like auto reorder/resort things.
You also might want to think about installing Rockbox on your iPod, then you can alternate between starting it up using either the default iPod or the Rockbox firmware. Rockbox would let your iPod just mount to your desktop as a USB device, bypassing the need for something like gtkpod, along with giving you a lot more customization features and more codec capabilities (i.e. if you have a lot of ogg files...)