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Re: n00b questions about ipods and linux (fedora 6 and 7)



Rick Stevens wrote:
> On Fri, 2008-01-11 at 18:25 -0700, Craig White wrote:
> > On Fri, 2008-01-11 at 17:08 -0800, Dean S. Messing wrote:
> > > I am thinking about buying a 160 GB iPod for my daughter for her
> > > approaching golden birthday (she's turning 18).
<snip>
> > > Are there tools in Fedora 6 or 7 that allow this?  As I say, I'm a
> > > genuine n00b here.  What are the linux/iPod limitations, if any?  If
> > > you are using a 160 GB iPod with Fedora, I'd like to hear about it.
> > ----
> > There are a number of programs that can interact with an iPod BUT Apple
> > doesn't supply firmware updates for any OS other than Windows or
> > Macintosh.
> > 
> > The 160 Gb is very new model (6 weeks or so), I have an 80 and can use
> > it with Linux.
> > 
> > gtkpod, amarok both work with an iPod and I'm sure that there is other
> > software that can work with an iPod too.
> > 
> > The bigger issue is that I very much prefer the 'AAC' format over the
> > mp3 format and that's been a two step process on Linux - rip first to
> > 'wav' and then convert to 'm4a'
> > 
> > Apple's iTunes software handles that a bit more elegantly than anything
> > that I've been able to accomplish with Linux.
> > 
> > Also, I have a lot of CD's (600+) including boxed sets and I still have
> > only filled my iPod with under 30 Gb of music so 160 Gb seems extreme
> > unless...you were going to do something like this (which seems ideal for
> > any musician)...
> > 
> > http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/gadgets/belkin-makes-ipod-into-recording-studio-226614.php
> > 
> 
> Amarok works very well with iPods.  I use it with a 30GB video iPod and
> an iPod Touch.  Try to get a Windows-compatible iPod.  If you get a
> Mac-formatted iPod, you need a friend with a Mac to turn off the HFS+
> journal or Amarok won't be able to read or write the playlists or sync
> it to the Amarok collections.
> 
> You will probably also need the amarok-extras-nonfree RPM from livna to
> get MP4 and AAC playbacks from the iPod.

Rick, is your iPod a Generation 6 device?  Also, how can I tell when I buy it
whether it is "Windows-compatible"?

Thanks for your help!
Dean


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