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Ryzekiel
November 12th, 2008, 04:40 PM
How in god's name can I play my music library on ubuntu? My itunes library is on the windows partition. I tried installing itunes in wine (failed), amarok (didn't want to access the windows partition), and finally songbird, which accessed my library, but doesn't want to play .m4a's. So, I tried to follow the instructions provided by songbird that would allow me to play these files: install gnonlin. So I tried to install that, but I need to install glib >= 2.6. And to install that I have to install pgkconfig which recommends that I have make v3.75, etc, etc. you can see where this is going...

I hadn't used any linux distribution before, so I got pretty little lost. does anyone out there have a recommendation for how to play my tunes on this machine?

sydbat
November 12th, 2008, 04:51 PM
First you need to install the NTFS configuration tool (in System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager) and run it. It should allow you to access your NTFS partitions. It will show up in Applications > System Tools menu.

You may also need ntfs-3g for read/write support.

From there, you should be able to access your NTFS drives and Amarok should be able to create a DB for your tunes.

chrisod
November 12th, 2008, 05:34 PM
If they are encrypted .m4a files nothing on Linux will play them. You'll need to export the entire library to MP3 or OGG.

Paqman
November 12th, 2008, 05:47 PM
My itunes library is

...probably locked with DRM (unless you paid extra for the tunes that are DRM-free)

sydbat: Ubuntu has had read/write for NTFS by default for a while now.

sydbat
November 12th, 2008, 08:39 PM
...probably locked with DRM (unless you paid extra for the tunes that are DRM-free)

sydbat: Ubuntu has had read/write for NTFS by default for a while now.

I figured that...but just in case it had not been installed...I have found that sometimes things that should be installed are not...not sure why.

PierreDeKat
November 12th, 2008, 09:22 PM
Yeah, my daughter had some trouble with her itunes/ipod after a computer crash.

And supposedly the Apple mothership was keeping track of what music she had licensed, but no such luck. So she ended up losing something like $200 worth of music licenses.

No biggie.

I just got her started with Audacity on Ubuntu and encouraged her to help herself to $200 worth of music from wherever she could scrounge it off the internet.

I thought that was fair.