iPod Shuffle mounting as "read only" in Ubuntu 10.04

Asked by Tribble on 2012-11-29

A few months ago my iPod Shuffle started to mount as "read only" in Thunar, Ubuntu 10.04.

I need to be able to mount it as read and write so I can run this python script like I did before: http://shuffle-db.sourceforge.net/

What I do:
*plug in iPOD via USB
*click the dimmed iPOD icon in Thunar to mount it. (all files and folders look OK)
*open terminal in the iPOD root folder.
*run the script with "python rebuild_db.py" which responds "Please make sure that you have sufficient permissions to write to the iPod volume" and immediately the file "rebuild_db.log.txt" is marked with a padlock in Thunar to indicate it is read only. If I now leave the folder and return to it, all files are marked with a padlock.

What I think should happen:
*when I run the python script, the rebuild_db.log.txt should be updated and the script response should end with a "Have fun listening to your music."

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2013-08-03
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2013-08-01

When you last unplugged the device, did you safely remove it or did you just rip it out? Lucid desktop also has less than 6 months support left so you may want to think about upgrading soon.

Tribble (auto89339439) said : #2

I always try safe remove whenever possible. The unit still connects fine and I can play songs from it when it's connected to the computer. The problem is I can't add or delete songs to and from it because it mounts as read only.

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Still need help.

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Lucid desktop is now EOL and not supported in any way. I recommend a clean install of Precise which is also LTS. It is supported til April 2017.

Tribble (auto89339439) said : #22

How will that remedy my problem with read only files on mountable device?

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Tribble (auto89339439) said : #29

Solution:

*Install VirtualBox (a version that can handle USB peripherals)
*Install Windows XP on a virtual computer in VirtualBox
*Install iTunes
*Connect the iPod to the computer
*When starting iTunes, the program will offer to do a factory reset. Do this (will remove all content on the iPod)
*In the future: Don't use Thunar (1.0.1) to connect to the iPod as it has problem disconnecting the iPod. Use Nautilus instead.