View Full Version : [gnome] File browsing using a MTP device (mp3 player) vs UMS

February 4th, 2009, 03:40 PM
Kia ora

After too many years with MS, I just gone Linux all the way, and it's 3:30am so please bear with me. I've seen plenty of threads regarding detecting mp3/flashdrives but they seem to generally be a few months old and as a lot can happen I thought I'd restart..

I have a Samsung YP-P2 (awesome). It's MTP. I understand there are methods I can follow to change it to 'non-proprietary' UMS, and posts (on this forum and others) up until about 6 months ago suggest that going UMS is the sensible option. However, following the suggestions of recent posts, I added a MTP plugin in Rhythmbox and viola, I can see my P2! Great!

Alas, I cant play the files that are on my P2 directly from Rhythmbox (this is ok as its standard? with Samsung?). And Rhythmbox doesnt allow me to transfer files (ie between my harddrive and the P2). So in an attempt to make it visible in the file browser (File System - Media) I also followed other suggestions such as: [sudo apt-get install mtp-tools]. [mtp-detect], [sudo apt-get install mtpfs]. These posts seemed to suggest I would be able to see my device in the file browser and therefore also use it as a flashdrive - but I cant!

So I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong, or I've missed the point and shouldn't be using MTP and should just change to UMS (and deal with the more universal but slightly less user-friendly system).

Any fixes/suggestions would be much appreciated.

Rhythmbox plugin: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=884920&highlight=Samsung+yp_u3

Making the change to UMS: http://gkahla.net/blog/2008/02/27/linux-and-the-samsung-yp-p2-mp3-player/

March 11th, 2009, 05:54 AM

I'm file browsing using Nautilus and this link worked for me:

And here's another which might help..?

And here's a background blurb on MTP: