0 Uses for a dead iPod

I was looking at my old big fat iPod last night, and was mulling over just what to do with it. Under Ubuntu, I can actually charge it, and then get to listen to the disk drive failing loudly. So it is definitely gone. I was hoping against hope I could maybe use it as a large portable drive, but it is too flaky for even that.

So what do I do with it? Should I bin it? Find a way to recycle it? Use it for a form of art? I’m lost for ideas, so any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Sync your podcasts to your iPod under Ubuntu

This is a big deal for me, not so much getting it working, more that it is one of the few things I’ve been booting back into Windows for. I am hoping fairly soon to remove the Windows partition from the hard drive, and reclaim it all for Ubuntu.

Anyway, the setup is this:

1) Dock the ipod with Ubuntu open. This should place the iPod using the name you’ve give it previously on your desktop. Find the location it has mounted the iPod at using right-click and properties, and make note of this.

2) If you don’t have it installed, sudo apt-get install amarok.

3) Go to System > Preferences > Removable Drives and Media, and on the Multimedia tab, change the command for portable music players to /usr/bin/amarok (or whatever your location is for amarok)

4) In Amarok, go to settings > Configure Amarok > media devices. Add device, choose the Apple iPod Media Device, and enter the name you gave the iPod, and its mount point.

5) That is the main part done, now you need in playlists to add any URLs of podcast feeds, and configure each feed so that it automatically scans for updates, downloads when available, and adds to the media device transfer queue (just check each option when configuring the podcast.

6) When you connect the iPod, it should now launch Amarok, and queue any new shows to transfer to the iPod. At the moment I just highlight the shows and transfer them, but I am sure I can find a command to do this automatically.

So that is a bit of work to get sorted, but worth it to keep Ubuntu open! If you try this yourself, let me know how you get on.


New iPod shuffle with 2GB and 4GB are Coming

Bigger shuffles. Good, I was hoping this would happen this year. Apparently the cost of the current ones has come down in the states as well. I’m very happy with my 40GB ipod (well I would be) but I may need to try and get other people like mrsfb into ipods soon, so I see the shuffles as a good place to start.

In other news, still not convinced about iTunes Podcasting. Have added and downloaded episodes of some podcasts, and a few are missing from where I would expect them to be on the ipod. Will have a dig tonight to see what is going on, but it is not ideal.

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