iPhone Syncing on Linux

Sorry to bore you with all this linex stuff but my website is the place I archive information I may need in the future.  Hence this post.  🙂  However, hopefully it will also help other linux users to iron out problems they are facing too.

Regular readers of this blog will know I own an iPod Touch and use it virtually everyday to read ebooks.  When I swapped over to linux last weekend, one of the things I had to put on my “to-do list” was “how do I access my ipod from linux?”

I was pleased to find software in the repositories to help with this.  I chose gtkpod, a manager that will allow me to add music, ebooks, photos, etc without having to connect with iTunes (which isn’t compatible with linux).

Having said that iPod Touches are relatively new and Apple don’t worry about the little people so don’t make is easy for anyone who likes to be different.  They haven’t made it easy for us poor linux users, which means I have to do some extra work to make my iPod Touch work properly.  I found a website called Abort, Retry, Hack? which gives information on iPhone Syncing on Linux.

Guess I’ve got some reading to do and a bit of fiddling about to follow.  Luckily, I enjoy this type of thing because I’m a bit geekish.

Edit (several hours later):
It seems iTouch is meant to work straight out of the box with Ubuntu 10.04, but it doesn’t for me. Typical! The instructions in the page linked to above want the user to jailbreak their unit, but I don’t want to do that. There are meant to be “work arounds”, but none of them have worked for me either.

I tried two apps, but had no joy with either of them. I’m not willing to keep downloading and installing anything else unless I’m confident they will work. I think I’ll put this aside for the time being. I’ll continue to do the research when time permits and see if I can find a solution.

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