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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DeadFishMan
Member since:
2006-01-09

That being said, the usual caveats of Apple devices without iTunes apply of course. No software updates, certain filetypes won't transfer


True.

(gtkpod still doesn't support the transfer of video nor audiobooks properly).


Don't know about audiobooks as I personally don't use them but videos DO work! And using GTKPod nonetheless. I just had to make sure to use the AAC enabled version of GTKPod available on Debian Multimedia (I *believe* that Ubuntu ships theirs with AAC support compiled in it). Then it is just a matter of using Handbrake as the encoder for your videos as most other tools never worked satisfactory - to me, anyway. Your mileage may vary, though. Avidemux allegedly works but I never managed to reencode a file that played acceptably on the iPod Touch not even once and Debian has a few wrapper scripts around mencoder and ffmpeg that claim to be able to reencode such videos as well.

I've been reencoding some episodes of my anime and TV shows collections to watch on the iPod and so far it has been working great.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I know how to create iPod videos, Handbrake is indeed the best tool for the job. Gtkpod doesn't want to import them properly though, it gives me an error most of the time and the rest it tries to dump them into the music library. Audiobooks just get dumped into the music section which is odd, since the iPod is typically able to treat m4b files as audiobooks without trouble. Gtkpod does make hash of the iPod's audiobook database more times than not though. Oh well, I've got a Rockbox-enabled Sansa Fuze for Audiobooks and I encode any Audiobooks I purchase on CD to ogg vorbis anyway. I just have quite a few from iTunes, all of which have the Fairplay DRM removed naturally.

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DeadFishMan Member since:
2006-01-09

I know how to create iPod videos, Handbrake is indeed the best tool for the job. Gtkpod doesn't want to import them properly though, it gives me an error most of the time and the rest it tries to dump them into the music library. Audiobooks just get dumped into the music section which is odd, since the iPod is typically able to treat m4b files as audiobooks without trouble. Gtkpod does make hash of the iPod's audiobook database more times than not though. Oh well, I've got a Rockbox-enabled Sansa Fuze for Audiobooks and I encode any Audiobooks I purchase on CD to ogg vorbis anyway. I just have quite a few from iTunes, all of which have the Fairplay DRM removed naturally.


Are you referring to the fact that it does not differentiate songs from video files and dump everything together on the same library? Yes, that is a little annoying but can be mitigated to an extent if you use GTKPod filter to find the video files using their file extension since they most likely will be missing tags.

As for the error messages, are you sure that you are using the version compiled with AAC support?

deadfish:~# apt-cache search gtkpod
gtkpod-data - architecture-independent files for gtkpod
gtkpod - manage songs and playlists on an Apple iPod
gtkpod-aac - manage songs and playlists on an Apple iPod
gtkpod-aac-data - architecture-independent files for gtkpod

This is on a mixed Squeeze/Sid install. I found that installing the AAC-enabled version solved most problems that I had with GTKPod and Apple-specific formats. Unless you're getting error messages that I am not aware of.

I'll agree with your statement about GTKPod re-hashing the database more often than it needs, though. That is annoying.

Sorry if it sounds like I am trying to convince you to use it no matter what. This couldn't be further from the truth. It is just that I think that it might be helpful to you and other regulars that might have bumped into the same problems...

Edited 2010-03-01 23:10 UTC

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