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Old 09-09-2010, 09:51 AM   #1
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Transfer Music to and from iPhone 4?

I just got my iPhone and I noticed that there are some blogs about iPhone being supported by Ubuntu and stuff. Digging a bit deeper it turns out that it might or may not include iPhone 4. Is this true or has someone had some success?

Mine is recognized - the Rhytmbox and F-Spot are launched. There is an iPhone desktop icon. However, if I launch Rhytmbox the icon dissappears and I do not know how to get it back - except plug and unplug the USB cable. Can not do much with Rhytmbox either - if I leave it running and do plug/unplug the phone appears but nothing underneath - I'll have to make yet another trial.

This is, however besides the point - as I am not really interested playing music from iPhone with my laptop. I am interested in getting music data copied up on my iPhone from my Ubuntu Laptop.

I can see Photos on my phone immediately if I do not start Rhytmbox or F-Spot and double-click the desktop icon straight ahead. I can also see a iTunes folder, but underneath under a music folder there are some about 40 folders, some empty some not - if there is mp3s they have some non-descriptive file names. So I assume iTunes just takes the files and somehow renames and places them under the iTunes - Music folder.

Is there any easy way of just copying and pasting the stuff on phone folder with nautilus so that the phone's iPod program can play it?
Old 09-10-2010, 04:16 AM   #2
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I've never used any Apple stuff, but going from what I've read, the iPod (and I assume by extension the iPhone) can act as a mass-storage device, allowing you to copy any files you want to it. However it uses a proprietary database system for the music player, so just copying the music files to it won't make them playable. Music syncing therefore needs to be done through gtkpod or a similar syncing program.

Apple does appear to periodically change the database format and/or the way it's accessed, so there are times when the linux versions need to play catch-up. I haven't seen anything about the status of the iPhone 4 though.

I wonder if there might not be a separate player app that could play independent files? Or has Apple excluded anything like that?

(PS: I know the word is a bugger to spell, but the correct name is "Rhythmbox". )

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Old 09-10-2010, 06:24 AM   #3
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Yes, I was also wondering a separate player, but then on the other hand I am ok with iPod - in the end I think they need to hack it for iPods again so I think it is just a matter of time. I dared not try copying the files over just like that, I suspected that it will happen as you wrote and iPod won't play them. If Rhythmbox (<-) starts playing music from iPhone, I assume that the database compability is solved. It is just pity I need to boot to windows everytime I want different music on my phone...


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