I set up Arch to have a look at Gnome 3 - they offer a couple of work arounds - I'll see if anything helps there. Fundamentally the problem is Google, as you say.
AirDroid works well though and is an OK work around.
UPDATE - it doesn't work with my HTC One X. Amarok works fine for music files, so MTP presumably can be made to work in Linux. Happy Christmas to all.
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