Sync to your Nokia N95 using Amarok

I received an email today from a new reader, Mark, asking me if I had managed to sync music and podcasts to my N95 yet using Amarok on Ubuntu. This reminded me that I had been meaning to, but had been distracted by the podcasting application Nokia provide. So tonight I’ve had a look at it, and it is relatively straightforwards. This little guide assumes you’ve got Amarok installed and working in Kubuntu or Ubuntu.

1) Open Amarok.

2) Plug the USB cable into your Nokia N95, and select the Mass Storage mode on the phone. When connected, Ubuntu will ask you what you want to do, and choose to open the device in a new folder. Note the address of this folder (the mount point), it will be something like /media/name_of_your_memorycard .

3) Amarok should open up the following dialog box to allow you to set up the N95 as a device:

Manage devices in Amarok

If it doesn’t, go to Settings > Configure Amarok > Media Devices. In both cases, now click on Add Device.

4) Fill out the Add New Device dialog:

Add New Device in Amarok

Select the Generic Audio Player plugin, enter the name you want to call your N95, and the mount point for your device (that you saw in step 2). Click on OK, and OK again.

5) In Amarok, you should now have something that looks like this in the top left:

Connect to your media device in Amarok

If you’ve connected an iPod before (Amarok is pretty good at managing iPods in Ubuntu too), you may need to change the device showing in the drop-down menu. Click on Connect, and it should pick up the N95 and show you the folders on your memory card:

Nokia N95 connected to Amarok

This is the view on the Devices tab in Amarok. Go to the Collection tab to search for music, and right-click on tracks or albums, and choose Transfer to Media Device to add them to your transfer queue. Podcasts take a little setting up, but once done, you have the option to automatically add new episodes to the transfer queue.

When you’re done, click on Transfer, and then Disconnect when it’s finished. Once this is done, go to the icon for your phone on the desktop, right-click, and select Safely Remove. Your phone will been and show a message to let you know when you can remove the USB cable.

Let me know if this little guide is useful to you. I think personally I am going to go back to managing my podcasts through Amarok, it is a good podcasting application, and a bit better to use than the built-in Podcasting app on the N95.

19 responses to “Sync to your Nokia N95 using Amarok”

  1. dick says:

    cool little howto. im just about to buy a n95 as an upgrade from n80
    nice to read that it works unlike with the n80

  2. dick says:

    cool little howto. im just about to buy a n95 as an upgrade from n80
    nice to read that it works unlike with the n80

  3. Maarten says:

    Thanks, this was very helpful.

  4. Maarten says:

    Thanks, this was very helpful.

  5. fexor says:

    excellent. thanks very much. was messing around for a good 30 minutes before I forgot about my pride and used the internet to solve my problem. got my N81 8GB connected to amarok (ubuntu) in no time at all…

  6. fexor says:

    excellent. thanks very much. was messing around for a good 30 minutes before I forgot about my pride and used the internet to solve my problem. got my N81 8GB connected to amarok (ubuntu) in no time at all…

  7. Michael Rice says:

    Hey this worked for me with my n95 8gb. On mine the option was Data Transfer and in Amarok I had a newer version so the layout of the dialog box was a little different but the concept was the same. Thanks for sharing this info.

  8. Michael Rice says:

    Hey this worked for me with my n95 8gb. On mine the option was Data Transfer and in Amarok I had a newer version so the layout of the dialog box was a little different but the concept was the same. Thanks for sharing this info.

  9. LippiVan says:

    thx a lot, this helped me out a lot too !

  10. LippiVan says:

    thx a lot, this helped me out a lot too !

  11. goldenzim says:

    Awesome, easy to follow how-to. Got my n95 hooked up in no time after I found this how to. Thank you!

  12. goldenzim says:

    Awesome, easy to follow how-to. Got my n95 hooked up in no time after I found this how to. Thank you!

  13. lordmung says:

    i always tell’s me it cant connect to nomad device

  14. lordmung says:

    i always tell’s me it cant connect to nomad device

  15. Oscar says:

    It works wonderfully. Thank you very much.

  16. Oscar says:

    It works wonderfully. Thank you very much.

  17. Edmund says:

    Thank you – this worked for my Nokia 6303. Great!

  18. Jeeva says:

    Looks a good how-to, but I don't see an option at all to add any device in my Amarok instance [v 2.3.0] using KDE 4.4.2!

  19. daniel says:

    Pls i need d latest version for my n95 v21.0.016 software 2 b sent 2 my email pls.donrealdele@yahoo.com

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