GNUpod : iPod on a Linux box

Mon 11 April 2005 By nuxeo

I got a nice 512 Mo iPOD shuffle for my birthday. Thank you guys ! :)

It took me 5 minutes to make it work under a FC3 Linux box.

At first it though it would act as a normal usb storage and then did this

$ mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /media/IPOD -o sync

At this point, everything was ok. I could transfert whatever files on

the storage as it was a normal USB key thus I put couple of MP3''s to

give a try.  At my surprise the lights were switching from red

green on the iPOD shuffle telling me there's an error. (Ok too easy

maybe... )

I found then the GNUpod package :

And after this everything worked well :)

Actually, the iPOD uses a database that needs to be initialized.( I'm

not gonna go in details in here about this. Go and read the manual !)

Basic examples :

Initialize the iPOD :

$ -m /media/IPOD

Transfert songs :

$ -m

Search Songs :

$ -m /media/IPOD -a cox

Remove selected songs :

$ -m /media/IPOD -a cox --delete


$ -m /media/IPOD/

Unmount device

$ umount /media/IPOD

And that's it !

The manual explains how to do cool stuffs such as rating your songs,

edit playlists etc...

So no worry, if you are running a Linux box you can steal an iPOD it will
work :)

(Post originally written by Julien Anguenot on the old Nuxeo blogs.)

Category: Product & Development