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What is the least fuss way of transferring data to iPod touch from ubuntu.

Preferably, I don't want to install any software. I just want to browse around the contents, add and delete as if a mass storage device.

After connecting the USB, I get a window showing "Apple, Inc. iPod", with no contents but I cant browse using nautilus :(

Even the /media/ doesn't contain an externally mounted drive.

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that media folder shows your screenshots that you take by pressing the two buttons on your ipod. (lots of help that is eh?) –  Peter Turner Oct 20 '09 at 18:38

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At present, there's no non-fussy way of transferring data to iPod Touch from linux machines, Ubuntu included. There is limited support in various add-ons and media players, but these are tenous at best, and quite often work with one specific version of the iPhone OS.

Just to put the above in perspective, there's not much the linux community can do to improve this without Apple's help and co-operation.

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Thanks, there is no non fussy way, I accept, would you know any least fussy way? –  Lakshman Prasad Aug 21 '09 at 12:49
    
@becomingGuru: that my friend is for a totally different answer! –  codeLes Aug 21 '09 at 13:15
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@becomingGuru: I gave up trying to communicate with my iPod Touch from linux a while back. The only way I know of to do this is to jailbreak the device and then transfer data via ssh. You can look at gtkpod: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gtkpod but I don't think that supports the iPhone/iPod Touch at the moment. Alternatively, iTunes on Wine, which I wouldn't recommend: appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=16848. –  nagul Aug 21 '09 at 13:20
    
"without Apple's help and co-operation". Actually it has to be done "against Apple's best efforts to put up hurdles". –  Thilo Aug 22 '09 at 0:16

iFuse claims to be able to communicate with iPod Touches that are not even jailbroken

http://matt.colyer.name/projects/iphone-linux/index.php?title=Main_Page

I have jailbroken my iPod Touch 2.0 and then you can actually mount it over the network with sshfs, and with libgpod4 convince rhythmbox to transfer songs. However I needed the very unlikely combination of fresh libgpod4 with rhythmbox < 0.12 (0.11.x)

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Another way, which might very well be overkill is to run XP as a VM, under VirtualBox, and install the iTunes software under it. This is one of the main reasons why I did not want to buy any of the iPod series of devices, because Apple did not make iTunes to run under Linux.

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Banshee Media Player (2.2.0) provides out-of-the-box support for my 4th generation iPod Touch that works perfectly.

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