Simple problem. I connect my iPod to the computer, open Amarok, and select the “Copy To – Local Collection” option. I have over 2,000 songs on my iPod, but only 638 are imported. There is no rhyme or reason to which songs are imported and which are not.
Individually selecting the unimported songs and attempting to copy them is unsuccessful. I have followed the multimedia installation guide to the letter with success.
What type of music files are being copied and what types are being left behind? Can you give some examples? Amarok will not play iTune songs that include any sort of DRM, such as those that can be purchased from iTunes.
I’m uncertain as to whether DRM’s are the issue. For example, Amarok will import some songs out of an album, but leave the rest behind, even though the album came from the same place (most of them from friends’ CD’s). I will take a look when my iPod is back in my possession.
I can vaguely recall a time when I was using Windows Movie Maker and had to burn songs to a CD and then rip them so that they could be imported (otherwise there was some sort of copyright error message). I wouldn’t want to go through the whole burn/rip cycle with half my music collection…
Well, it would appear that I can’t even delete what music was actually imported. And considering I’ve never had iPod problems with any other Linux distro that I’ve tried, Amarok is quickly turning into a joke. :\
iPods are not my first choice in mp3 players, but unfortunately they are out there.
I would like to say that if Apple could have its way, the iPod would not even work under Windows, but only on a MAC. However, there are too many Windows machines out there for Apple to ignore. Even so, you must use iTunes to make sure all will work properly with their hardware. Now, don’t get me wrong, I feel the Apple hardware is good and would take one if they were free, but I don’t like their methods on forcing you to their software.
I also have a music player, a Best Buy model called Insignia and it works like a champ with Amarok. If you really want to use Linux, sometimes you have to stick with compatible hardware. Further, there is nothing wrong with a dual boot computer or running Windows in a virtual session, to get the best of both worlds. None the less, the reason that an iPod does not work properly with Amarok is not the fault of openSUSE, open source software or Amarok. It is by design by Apple. You should let Apple know of your frustration trying to use your iPod on Linux and request a version of iTunes that works on Linux as well.
You know I do have a working copy of Windows and I do have a copy of iTunes on it. This is mainly because more than once I have gotten iTunes gift cards and I don’t want to waste them. I always burn the songs to a CD and then rip them to MP3 for use in Amaork. I would not say that iTunes sucks really, but I much prefer Amaork to everything else. Anyone that uses Apple products and Linux must understand where Apple stands in all of this Open Source Software stuff and operate accordingly.