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Music management with an iPod on MEPIS

With the new 2.6.x kernels, using portable media players such as iPod, Creative Zen, or iRiver has become very easy. Two good graphical frontend applications available for managing songs and playlists with MP3 players are Amarok and Gtkpod:

  • Amarok

Amarok is the KDE music manager installed by default in MEPIS, and can be reached by clicking KMenu --> Multimedia --> Amarok. Most MP3 and other media players will be autodetected by Amarok. 1. Plug in your device. 2. A dialog box will appear, asking if you want to open it in a new window (Konqueror). Click OK. 3. An icon will appear on your desktop. 4. Open Amarok, make sure your device is selected, and click Connect.

  • Gtkpod

Gtkpod is a platform-independent application specializing in Apple's iPod. It supports the first to fifth generation devices, including the iPod mini, iPod Photo, iPod Shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod Video. It is available through Synaptic.

Using iPod for a storage device

If your iPod is not detected automatically, follow these steps:

  • First, we have to figure out what /dev device it's being mounted at.
  • Plug in the device, and open a terminal, run the following command.
dmesg | tail

You will see something resembling this:

[  665.828000] usb 5-1: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
[  666.000000] usb 5-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[  666.092000] usbcore: registered new interface driver libusual
[  666.112000] Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
[  666.112000] scsi2 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
[  666.112000] usb-storage: device found at 3
[  666.112000] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
[  666.112000] usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
[  666.112000] USB Mass Storage support registered.
[  671.132000] usb-storage: device scan complete
[  671.132000] scsi 2:0:0:0: Direct-Access     SanDisk  Sansa m240       1.30 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
[  671.132000] SCSI device sdb: 1993920 512-byte hdwr sectors (1021 MB)
[  671.136000] sdb: Write Protect is off
[  671.136000] sdb: Mode Sense: 37 00 00 08
[  671.136000] sdb: assuming drive cache: write through
[  671.136000] SCSI device sdb: 1993920 512-byte hdwr sectors (1021 MB)
[  671.136000] sdb: Write Protect is off
[  671.136000] sdb: Mode Sense: 37 00 00 08
[  671.136000] sdb: assuming drive cache: write through
[  671.136000]  sdb: sdb1
[  671.140000] sd 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi removable disk sdb
[  671.140000] sd 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0

Yours many not be as long, but the key word here is sdb. That means the device in this case is located at /dev/sdb, but yours may be different. We will continue assuming that is the location.

  • Now that we know what device it is, we need a location to mount it. As root, run the following command:
mkdir /media/ipod

Now we have a folder to mount the iPod.

  • Now, the fstab part. This small file tells Linux where to mount its partitions and other devices. We're going to add an entry here. Type as root:
nano /etc/fstab
  • Add this to your file:
/dev/sdb    /media/ipod    vfat    user,auto,umask=000    0 0

I changed noauto to auto so that it will mount when it's plugged in. NOTE: this change needs verification for MEPIS 7.0.

  • If it doesn't mount automatically, then run the following:
mount /media/ipod

Linux on iPod

iPod Linux home page

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