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ipod new gen compatibility

Post by siz182 » Thu May 07, 2009 4:13 am

I've been doing a lot of searching around lately for compatibility info on the newest generation iPod classic, either 80GB or 160GB. I'm looking at buying a new MP3 player, one with a large storage capacity, which really only leaves the iPod or Zune. I want it to be compatible with Linux though, I don't want to have to use Windows as a crutch. I've read a lot of posts about how the new generation Nanos and iTouches currently are not functional using Linux, but nothing about the iPod Classic. The only info I can find, via Google searches, are posts dated 2007, so nothing up to date.

So the main questions I have are: 1) Is the newest generation iPod classic (80 or 160GB) compatible with Linux now? By that of course I mean full read/write capability and having the music play on the device. 2) If not, what are some MP3 players that are generally compatible w/Linux or that you have had good experience with?

Thanks in advance for your input!

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Re: ipod new gen compatibility

Post by k0tuk » Fri May 08, 2009 3:05 am

I have an ipod nano (2nd generation nano) myself, and finding a tool for ipod, that would have all the features that iTunes have (music, video transfer to ipod, artwork support) was a real pain in the rear for me. I did a lot of researching and the best app i found for myself is gtkpod. The only thing that gtkpod doesn`t have is automatic artwork downloading from internet, but i don`t really care, since usually there wasn`t any artwork for my favorite music style in the itunes either. You can check gtkpod wiki for supported ipods: http://gtkpod.wikispaces.com/Supported+iPods

If this is your ipod: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:IPod_classic.png , than looks like gtkpod does support it.

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Re: ipod new gen compatibility

Post by siz182 » Sat May 09, 2009 4:52 am

Yup, that's the one. Looks like I'll be able to get what I need done with gtkpod too. Thanks for your input, I really appreciate it. Cheers!

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Re: ipod new gen compatibility

Post by markfiend » Sat May 09, 2009 6:14 am

I have a related problem:

I have a 4th gen iPod (60G colour photo model) that came Mac-formatted (HFS journalled). At first it came up as read-only, but with a bit of research, I found out you can turn the journalling off via a Mac (see here if anyone else is having the same problem)

So it was working for a while, I managed to add three albums last week with gtkpod. (Incidentally it worked with rhythmbox too.)

But today it's come up as read-only again. I've not tried it in the Mac again but I can't imagine that it's automagically turned journalling on again? Or could it have?

#Edit: never mind it's working again now! :roll:
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Re: ipod new gen compatibility

Post by k0tuk » Sat May 09, 2009 9:01 am

You are welcome :)

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Re: ipod new gen compatibility

Post by markfiend » Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:55 am

markfiend wrote:I have a related problem:

I have a 4th gen iPod (60G colour photo model) that came Mac-formatted (HFS journalled). At first it came up as read-only, but with a bit of research, I found out you can turn the journalling off via a Mac (see here if anyone else is having the same problem)

So it was working for a while, I managed to add three albums last week with gtkpod. (Incidentally it worked with rhythmbox too.)

But today it's come up as read-only again. I've not tried it in the Mac again but I can't imagine that it's automagically turned journalling on again? Or could it have?

#Edit: never mind it's working again now! :roll:
And today it came up as a read-only file-system again. It seems to be whenever the iPod powers down (as in, starting up shows the apple logo) next time I try to add more music, it turns up as a read-only file-system.

Puzzled.
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Re: ipod new gen compatibility

Post by markfiend » Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:35 am

Right, thread necro but...

My problem is that whenever my iPod powers down the next time I plug it into my Mint box it shows up as a read-only file-system.

A workaround I've found is to plug it into my Mac, then the next time I plug it in, it works read-write with my Mint box... until it powers off again.

As it is HFS (Mac) formatted, one idea I had is to reformat to FAT32. I've also considered sticking Rockbox on it. But then I have a Griffin iTrip that I need to work (for music while I'm driving) and I'm not sure that the iTrip compatibility will survive either process.

Anyone any ideas?
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Re: ipod new gen compatibility

Post by DrHu » Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:04 am

siz182 wrote:I've been doing a lot of searching around lately for compatibility info on the newest generation iPod classic, either 80GB or 160GB. I'm looking at buying a new MP3 player, one with a large storage capacity, which really only leaves the iPod or Zune.
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Re: ipod new gen compatibility

Post by markfiend » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:18 am

markfiend wrote:Right, thread necro but...

My problem is that whenever my iPod powers down the next time I plug it into my Mint box it shows up as a read-only file-system.

A workaround I've found is to plug it into my Mac, then the next time I plug it in, it works read-write with my Mint box... until it powers off again.

As it is HFS (Mac) formatted, one idea I had is to reformat to FAT32. I've also considered sticking Rockbox on it. But then I have a Griffin iTrip that I need to work (for music while I'm driving) and I'm not sure that the iTrip compatibility will survive either process.

Anyone any ideas?
A six-month old problem... (edit: nine months actually!)

Solved!

From this link: http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-999300.html The bottom post by gorgon. Running fsck on the iPod gets it to work properly with rhythmbox!
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Re: ipod new gen compatibility

Post by Sid32 » Sat Feb 20, 2010 10:18 am

Don't forget that floola(.com) is also an option for ipods. Doesn't work with touches or 5th gen nanos yet, but works fine with other ipod models. Its portable, has a windows versions as well.

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