Using Rhythmbox with iPod Shuffle

Asked by Tom Vetterlein

I've been trying to transfer songs to my second generation iPod Shuffle (the clip on type one) using Rhythmbox. I have tried dragging the songs onto the mounted iPod icon in the side pane but it doesn't seem to be updating the itunesdb thingy. The file is copied onto the device no problems but is then unplayable. Any ideas?

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Benoit Malet (benoit-malet) said :

Hello !

I experienced the very same problem, and the only workaround available at the time was to use gtkpod (available in Synaptic) ...

(in fact, this was during the alpha testing of Feisty, so it might have changed, but I no longer have an iPod Shuffle, so ...)


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Michael Rooney (mrooney) said :

I was having this same issue, thanks for the gtkpod recommendation, it works great!

Though, having it work in Rhythmbox would be even better!

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Eric Spierings (ericspierings) said :
if you run this script afterwards, everything works. use the -r option to be sure.

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Scott.Redwood (thescottrobertson) said :

I was having problems with my iPod Shuffle 2G and Rhythmbox player as well. I'm running Karmic Beta UNR. If it did recognize the player, which was occasionally, I couldn't add/play/change anything. However, I looked in the Rhythmbox help literature and it has some good advice:

All I had to do was open my ipod in the file browser and right-click, select create document>empty file and name it ".is_audio_player". After you close the window, the file will disappear, but don't worry, it's still there. This file tells your computer and Rhythbox that the ipod drive is indeed an audio player. I haven't had any problems since. Easy easy fix.

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Max Lindner (lokimuh) said :

awesome, thanks for this, I was going nuts because my shuffle stopped working with rhythmbox when I upgraded from jaunty to karmic. :-)

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