Use your iPod in Linux

It is possible to use your iPod in Linux. And not just use it, use it well with all the playlist and management functions that are present in Windows or Mac. And no, you don’t need the bloated iTunes for it. All you need is a neat little program called the GTKPod. You can download GTKPod from here.

Once you have installed GTKPod, almost 80% of your work is done. All that is needed is a simple mount command and some settings in GTKPod to detect your iPod properly. So lets start –

1. Connect the iPod to an empty USB slot.

2. The iPod gets detected as a removable usb drive.

3. Issue a ‘fdisk -l‘ command as root without the quotes. I got the following output –

Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1        1953    15687441    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2            3906        9729    46781279+   f  W95 Ext’d (LBA)
/dev/hda3            1954        3905    15679440   83  Linux
Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *           1         146      505068+   b  W95 FAT32

From above it is clear that my iPod is the device /dev/sdb1. The /dev/hda* are all my hard disk partitions. The next step is to mount the device /dev/sdb1. We begin by creating a mount point.
4. Issue the following command to create a mount point –

mkdir /mnt/ipod

5. Now that the mount point is created let us mount our iPod. Issue the following command in your terminal –

mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/ipod

6. Start GTKPod. Goto Edit > Preferences. Change the mount point to /mnt/ipod

7. Change the option to mount/unmount automatically at startup to true. Also change any preferences that you would like to change at this stage. Thats all!

8. Restart GTKPod and now you can copy your music to your iPod without the nasty and bloated iTunes. Three cheers to open source software!

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4 Responses to Use your iPod in Linux

  1. koolinus says:

    have you ever played with the latest releases of Amarok, Banshee and Rhythmbox ???

    I think you should (expecially the first two).

  2. synapse says:

    Yes i have used all the three players. While Amarok and Banshee worked fine with my iPod I still had some problems with Rhythm Box. In fact, personally, Amarok is my favourite player and if you consider the plethora of features it offers no other player comes close even. But these players are not as flexible as GTKPod. Nonetheless, thankyou for bringing the topic up and letting everyone know about the alternatives.

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