Is IPod Use with Linux Practical?
mattyj at hernk.com
Fri Feb 22 14:06:54 PST 2008
> That sounds good in theory, however at least on this box, the easy part
> is missing. Although the iPod shows up on the desktop - even has a
> cutesy little ipodish icon - Amarok does not see it, so the Connect
> button has nothing to do (yes, I mounted the ipod).
I'm not in front of my Linux box right now, but if memory serves, Amarok
wouldn't automatically recognize my mounted iPod, either. I had to go into
the settings and tell it where the iPod was mounted. I believe it's the
actual mount path (i.e. /mnt/ipod) not the device (/dev/hdb) But after you
set it once it remembers.
> I have proven that Amarok will _play_ most anything. But what file
> format specifically does the *iPod* expect?
I don't know what an iPod would *expect*, it supports several formats. Any
iPod should at least accept flac and vanialla mp3. I ripped all my CD's
with lame as the encoder and they play on my shuffle just fine.
According to the manual for the shuffle:
AAC (M4A, M4B, M4P) (up to 320 kbps)
MP3 (up to 320 kbps)
MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR)
AA (audible.com spoken word, formats 2, 3, and 4)
"iPod shuffle does not support Apple Lossless, WMA, MPEG Layer 1, MPEG
Layer 2 audio
files, or audible.com format 1."
I would imagine all iPods are essentially the same in this department.
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