Usa tu iPod en Linux

Os pongo aquí un artículo encontrado en el blog de Synapse. En dicho artículo se describen los pasos para poder utilizar sin mayor complicación un iPod en cualquier distribución linux, algo que me parece muy interesante ya que he oído de mucha gente que se queja de no poder utilizar su iPod en Linux (falta de iTunes, problemas a la hora de montar el iPod, etc) y de tener que mantener una partición con Windows para poder usar su dispositivo de audio portátil favorito. Yo lo he probado y me funciona sin mayor complicación 🙂

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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