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iPod On Linux

My brother got me an iPod shuffle as an early birthday present. Cute the way he gave it to me. Kind of jacked me --asked me to get something out of the glove compartment after we had pulled up in the driveway, and when I opened it there was this iPod shuffle in there. "There's your birthday present too", he said.

I've been experimenting with it. Of course I prefer not to use windows. And sorry Apple I don't plan to buy a mac any time soon (though I wouldn't mind having one.) So I've been trying to figure out how to get it working on linux. So far so good. I mean, I got it working in kind of wanky sort of way (not as wanky as using it on windows though.)

The first problem I had with it is that they all come formatted HFS --for use with macs. I found some instructions somewhere for reformatting it to fat32 but then the link to the firmware you would need to reinstall was down. Probably apple got after them for hosting their IP. So I found myself forced to install windows just so I could format the darn thing to fat32. The iPod software for windows apparently does this the first time you use it.

So, I did that and then I could kind of use it on linux. The problem I'm having now though is related to the automounting of usb devices that kanotix uses. So I went and followed various instructions about setting up iPod support on linux and by using the shotgun approach I hosed out my box. If I was REALLY good at this linux stuff (I think I'm better than most) I could probably figure out how to fix all what I done but at this point reinstalling seems easier. In fact, I'm writing this over ssh from kanotix booted from the cd while it's

Gah! as I was writing the above the cdrom gave out. Got too hot I guess. It was just slow as shit anyway, I just replaced it and am continuing with the kanotix install and this post. Is "vi -r post.txt" cool or what? What the heck was I writing about anyway?

re-installing on my desktop machine. Sometimes linux is painful but everytime I go through this kind of thing I learn a lot more about it. I'll have more to say about the iPod thing when I get it working right.



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