Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Mar 2010 17:01 UTC, submitted by hotice
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Well, this is a welcome surprise for those of us waiting for Ubuntu 10.04, the Lucid Lynx. Several users are reporting that their iPod Touches and iPhones (including the 3GS) work in alpha 3 - without tweaking, without jailbreaking, without patching - with Nautilus and Rythmbox.
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RE: To sync, or not to sync...
by DeadFishMan on Mon 1st Mar 2010 17:47 UTC in reply to "To sync, or not to sync..."
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Do i have to sync, or can i just drag'n'drop? I understand that i can't drag'n'drop right in the file manager (due to the db "situation"), but drag and drop in supported applications (such as rhythmbox) perhaps?

Don't know about Rhythmbox as these applications tend to be a little behind the curve sometimes - Yes, they all use libgpod underneath but somehow manage to screw up the iTunesDB file every now and then - but a reasonably up to date GTKPod with AAC support - perhaps Ubuntu's has it by default, I dunno - should do the trick. And yes, it is pretty much a matter of drag and drop with GTKPod.

GTKPod's UI is terrible by most accounts but it is not too bad once you get used to its quirks. And the article is accurate regarding the situation with the database: as long as you do not update iPod's firmware to the latest, it should work alright. Jailbreak or not.

Also I really recommend Handbrake to encode videos to a format suitable for iPods and iPhones. Avidemux supposedly should work as well but I never managed to reencode a file that played flawlessly on the iPod Touch with it whereas Handbrake works everytime and has some of the functionality of Avidemux built-in such as support for subtitles.

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