syncing an ipod nano 5th generation

Asked by John Wilson

What is the best way to get Ubuntu to sync with a 5th generation iPod Nano?
I am using Ubuntu 13.04 and have tried various packages to no avail.
Then I restored the iPod on another Windows computer.
Now I can sync in iTunes on that machine but I would like to use my Linux machine

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Try rhythmbox. There is no single best way. There are simply options

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John Wilson (jwilsondmartin) said :

Rhytmbox has a bug that does not let me rip CD's into MP3's
The error message is:
Invalid command line need to install gstreamer|1.0|rhythmbox|MPEG-1 Layer3 (MP3) encoder|
File a bug report.
Dont know howbut would like to
Rippped a CD in Sound Juicer and supposedly I can drag and drop files but Rhythmbox crashes when I try drag and drop or syncing

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Try banshee

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John Wilson (jwilsondmartin) said :

Banshee goes through the motions of transferring files to the iPod but they are not transferred.
If you transfer 1 file using iTunes on a windows machine GTKPod works

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Mark Rijckenberg (markrijckenberg) said :

Hi John,

I recently acquired an iPod nano 6th generation and this procedure worked for me in Ubuntu 13.10:

1) perform a restore of the ipod nano to factory settings in itunes in Windows
2) set up ipod for first time use in itunes in Windows
3) install spotify-client in Ubuntu 13.10 using these 4 commands:

sudo DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 94558F59
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list'
sudo DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get update
sudo DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get --yes --force-yes install spotify-client

4) then run spotify and it should just work fine... You should be able to sync files between Ubuntu and the ipod nano.

Hope this helps,