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Ekolost
July 19th, 2008, 07:02 PM
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MattBD
July 19th, 2008, 07:57 PM
Floola might be worth a try. It's not in the repositories, but you can grab it from http://www.getdeb.net/app/Floola instead.
There's also gtkpod. If your iPod has the songs in AAC format, you'll need to install the gtkpod-aac version instead.
Both Floola and gtkpod are dedicated iPod managers, so you might find they're more likely to work than media players like Amarok.
A third option is Yamipod, but that isn't nicely packaged for Ubuntu. It's at http://www.yamipod.com/main/modules/home/

Ekolost
July 19th, 2008, 08:03 PM
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Ekolost
July 19th, 2008, 09:27 PM
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MattBD
July 20th, 2008, 12:06 AM
I'm surprised that none of those work. I know that when the 6th generation iPods, including the 160GB Classic, were released, Apple made some changes to stop third party applications such as Amarok, Banshee and Rhythmbox working with them, although from what I heard at the time the developers of one of these applications managed to get round it in two weeks. I just would have thought that support for the Classic would have reached these applications by now.
If this is the only thing stopping you from using Ubuntu, I'd suggest you try again in a few months time when Intrepid is out. I have an 80GB iPod I bought a few weeks before the 6th gen iPods were released, and that works fine with any player I try in Linux, so it will come some time.
I'd also give Banshee and Exaile a try, both are very good media players for the Gnome desktop. Exaile has a plugin to manage iPods, and I think Banshee will do it out of the box.

Ekolost
July 20th, 2008, 12:46 AM
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Ekolost
July 20th, 2008, 12:48 AM
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MattBD
July 20th, 2008, 12:56 AM
Some people have managed to get iTunes working in Wine. There are a few tutorials around, so that might be worth trying. I just did a Google search and found one at http://www.wine-reviews.net/applications/itunes-73-on-linux-with-wine.html but this might be out of date.
It's worth trying it in Wine, but there's certainly no guarantees and any time iTunes updates it could break compatibility. Native support is bound to improve over time though. Perhaps if you used more recent versions of the apps than are in the Ubuntu repositories - for instance, Banshee recently hit v1.0 and I think that's more recent than the version available in the Ubuntu repositories, so try grabbing that direct from the website at http://banshee-project.org/.
BTW, the package format you need for Ubuntu is called a deb package. You should normally be able to install it using a graphical app called GDebi. If you right-click on it in the Nautilus file manager, you should see the option to open it with this.

Pro-reason
July 20th, 2008, 12:57 AM
I tried gtkpod which didn't recognize my songs album covers. I downloaded Floola but it wouldn't install. (I double clicked on the installation file and nothing would happen)YamiPod wouldn't install either (same reason as Floola)

That's strange. Do it from the command line instead.



wget http://www.getdeb.net/download/2901/0
sudo dpkg -i floola_3.1-0~getdeb1_i386.deb
Floola


That will work for version 3.1.-0 of the software for Ubuntu 8.04 on standard PC architecture.

MattBD
July 20th, 2008, 12:58 AM
By the way MattBD i googled Intrepid but im still puzzled as to what it does. Could you explain it to me?

Sorry, didn't make myself clear there. By Intrepid I mean the next version of Ubuntu, due in October, which will be called Intrepid Ibex.

Ekolost
July 20th, 2008, 01:02 AM
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Ekolost
July 20th, 2008, 02:36 AM
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MattBD
July 20th, 2008, 09:25 AM
By the way MattBD what applications do you use to get podcasts?

I'm not much of a podcast listener, so there's nothing I use, but I know Rhythmbox will work, and there's also loads of dedicated apps. The one I hear the most about is gpodder, but if you open Synaptic and search for podcast, you'll find quite a few apps.

Ekolost
July 20th, 2008, 02:43 PM
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Ekolost
July 20th, 2008, 05:34 PM
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MattBD
July 20th, 2008, 05:40 PM
Great to hear that it's sorted now.

Ekolost
July 20th, 2008, 05:45 PM
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jaystrum
July 21st, 2008, 12:34 AM
I am having problems with my Ipod. I was using Rythembox and was very happy with it until my Ipod went TU and I now have to restore the thing to factory settings. Only Itunes will do and I am having real trouble getting it to install through crossover office. Any suggestions?

Pro-reason
July 21st, 2008, 12:47 AM
I am having problems with my Ipod. I was using Rythembox and was very happy with it until my Ipod went TU and I now have to restore the thing to factory settings. Only Itunes will do and I am having real trouble getting it to install through crossover office. Any suggestions?
There is a separate forum (http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=313) for Wine/Cedega/Crossover issues.

If Rhythmbox was working fine until your iPod failed, then perhaps you should just continue using it.

Ekolost
July 22nd, 2008, 08:35 PM
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soxs
July 22nd, 2008, 09:47 PM
Amarok needs a little kind of additional setup and libraries to make covers appear on your iPod.
I am sorry, atm I can#t seem to find it, but I am sure it was somewhere at the amarok homepage :-S howto do it..

Ekolost
July 23rd, 2008, 06:00 PM
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soxs
July 30th, 2008, 11:25 AM
I got it:
Read here what is required to make your iPod use covers (It requires you to recompile amarok, but that's no big deal either):
http://amarok.kde.org/wiki/Media_Device:IPod