6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 20, 2006 5:45 PM by mmatzick
ChrisDodd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I received a new iPod as a christmas gift, but, as I run Linux on my machine, I haven't been able to get it working.

Anyone have any way of using an iPod with Linux? There doesn't seem to be any Linux version of iTunes available on Apple's site.

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  • carl wolf Level 6 Level 6 (14,360 points)
    Chris,
    There's a very good reason for that. Linux on iPod is not supported by Apple - it is a hack. If you install Linux on your iPod, it will void the iPod warranty.
  • ChrisDodd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't particularly want to run Linux on the iPod -- I just want to be able to load music on to it
  • carl wolf Level 6 Level 6 (14,360 points)
    Chris,
    iTunes works with either Mac OS, or a version of Windows. There is no Linux version of iTunes.
  • ipodrlz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yes, it is possible. if you mean - iPod going WITH Linux, not Linux on iPod, I am the best example it is possible (on MY Linux nothing is possible I don't have much luck, especially in technical things ). There is also possibility to have a linux on iPod but I haven't tried to do it. Besides, it is a hack.
    Obviously, there won't be iTunes for Linux. I think.
    But. If you have mac-formatted iPod you need have hfsplus and hfs partition support compiled in your kernel (or into modules) and mount your iPod as a hfsplus disk with noauto,user,rw arguments. If your iPod is fat-formatted it's more simple - just mount it as vfat with same arg.
    And voila - just install gnupod (command line client) or gtkpod - it goes with gtk, as you can conclude .
    I don't know I conluded good reason, but iPod doesn't run with 1.x USB on Linux. I'm not sure, but it goes only with 2.0 on my computer. If you will have a problem, write to me, I tried everything (it got working after three weeks of my strong job and iritation ) and I think I'm a specialist in problems connected with iPod with Linux.
    Always look in dmesg! It's very useful.

    regards, Kaja - happy user of full iPod
  • Jerald Stratton Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    You might be interested to know that amaroK, a KDE application, has built-in support for iPod's. The downside is you won't be able to download or listen to any music from the iTunes Music Store. Hopefully though Apple will get their act together and port iTunes over to linux(rpm preferbly).
  • mmatzick Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So if I dowload songs via Limewire I can move them to my Ipod???