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h4ppycl0wn
December 9th, 2009, 12:45 PM
Hi,

I (foolishly) bought an Apple IPOD Touch a while ago and would like to replace it with a similar device that is actually compatible with Ubuntu.

(Yes I did try hacking my ipod and using gtkpod but I don't see breaking the warranty on your device as an acceptable workaround).

What MP3 / Media Player devices would people say integrate well with Ubuntu?

What I think is important:
- Easy Copy & Paste of media files from my Ubuntu PC to the media player. e.g. it mounts as an external drive when connected.
- Support for MP3, ogg, divx, avi i.e. it works with open/common formats.
- a few gig but not monstrous amounts of storage space.

Any advice on an alternative media player to the Apple IPOD Touch is much appreciated.

I had a search on the forums but couldn't find a similar thread.

Thanks,
Phil.

(This thread is probably not the place for replies discussing the merits of the Ipod/Iphone & Ubuntu suffice it to say, the integration sucks. I understand the Ubuntu community is not at fault. Apple is the cause and has made a decision to tightly control how its devices are used. There's not a lot anyone is going to be able to do about that... so I'm looking for a non-Apple alternative).

LuisGMarine
December 9th, 2009, 05:14 PM
Hey, I recommend Songbird. You can install it and check it out by click on my link to find out how to install it on Ubuntu.

As for your media device. I have an iPod 5G Video that works flawlessly on Ubuntu. I think just about everything works on Ubuntu except the iPod Touch and iPhone. But please don't quote me on that, do your research before you go out there and spend your money =) Best of luck :KS

Uncle Spellbinder
December 9th, 2009, 05:45 PM
I use Exaile for my mp3's. Excellent player. Has the ability to watch more than one folder, scans your collection quickly. I have just under 140,000 mp3's on two external hard drives. Scanned and ready to play in about 30 minutes. Amarok took more than 11 hours to scan the same folders.

As for Songbird, there is a repo (https://launchpad.net/~songbird-daily/+archive/ppa) for much easier installation. Updated every few days. Easily as stable as the currently released "stable" build.


#### Songbird Daily Builds
## sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 5719E347
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/songbird-daily/ppa/ubuntu karmic main

LuisGMarine
December 9th, 2009, 05:51 PM
I use Exaile for my mp3's. Excellent player. Has the ability to watch more than one folder, scans your collection quickly. I have just under 140,000 mp3's on two external hard drives. Scanned and ready to play in about 30 minutes. Amarok took more than 11 hours to scan the same folders.

As for Songbird, there is a repo for much easier installation. Updated every few days. Easily as stable as the currently released "stable" build.


#### Songbird Daily Builds
## sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 5719E347
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/songbird-daily/ppa/ubuntu karmic main

Last time I checked they didn't have a build for 64-bit, and ontop of that the package maintainer didn't build a good stable 1.2, hence why I just went with the source.

**edit** they do have a 64-bit, but they still can't get the .deb to build.

SuperSonic4
December 9th, 2009, 05:56 PM
Player: Exaile or Amarok

Hardware: I'd suggest a Cowon. I have the D2 and after a firmware upgrade (done in file manager) works perfectly and acts as mass storage

h4ppycl0wn
December 11th, 2009, 12:40 AM
thanks for the advice

Have to say, exaile works great. A simple-to-use mp3 player with a nice looking UI & good collection manager.

For ipod replacement, think I'll go with the Cowon S9. It looks sweeet.
http://www.learningubuntu.com/tips/top-5-ipod-alternatives-linux-users

... and Supersonic4..
My old man said be a city fan, I said f*ck off b*ll*x you're a c*nt.

VILLA! :-)

thomaszmark
December 11th, 2009, 01:03 AM
I wanna to update new media/MP3 player. Which one is so best

fsando
December 14th, 2009, 12:08 AM
thanks for the advice

Have to say, exaile works great. A simple-to-use mp3 player with a nice looking UI & good collection manager.

For ipod replacement, think I'll go with the Cowon S9. It looks sweeet.
http://www.learningubuntu.com/tips/top-5-ipod-alternatives-linux-users

... and Supersonic4..
My old man said be a city fan, I said f*ck off b*ll*x you're a c*nt.

VILLA! :-)

I've been drooling over s9 too but it may not be such a good idea after all:

See here (http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=45918) and here (http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=44884).

Posters say that it has a bug that effectively bricks it so it has to be replaced. Several of the posters have had it replaced more than once one even 4 times. The bug may not specifically related to Linux but apparently is far more prevalent when used with Linux.

projectbronco
December 14th, 2009, 01:44 AM
As far as player, I bought a cheap $20 ipod knock off mp4 player on e-bay. It has 16GB...even after I formated it. (A sure way to check if you are getting ripped off and the player has been hacked). It's nice because it's just drag and drop, but lacks a lot of the features that the nicer players have. But it has been working for over 6 months and I like it.

LuisGMarine
December 14th, 2009, 02:04 AM
All very good choices, but it comes down to what you like and use. Personally I love the iPod. Before I decided to make my Ubuntu move permanent, I bought a custom deck for my car which controls my iPod through the touch screen in my car. Simply something that cannot be done with any standard mp3 player.

But if you have nothing of this sort, and you just want something that you can carry and listen to music, then deff buy something that works on any OS and not windows/mac driven like the iPod. iPod and Linux have been going at it for as long as I can remember, but slowly things are getting better.