Adventures In Computing

December 5, 2008

iPod Classic And GTKpod Revisited

Filed under: 64bit, GNU/Linux, iPod, Linux, Ubuntu, Ubuntu 64bit — Normand Bissonnette @ 4:48 pm

Rhythymbox is great for importing and exporting music to the iPod.  The only situation I encountered with using Rhythymbox as an iPod management tool is that it has a few problems with album art.  To get album art to the ‘pod we must play a song from the album.  The problem that I have is that if Rhythymbox is play music it somehow screws up alot of the album art, what I mean is, the album art I am trying to import on the iPod is wrongly associated to other albums.  I have had this problem in Ubuntu 7.10, 8.04 and the newest 8.10.

I have been trying gtkpod and gtkpod-acc to see if it now works and when I turn it on everything is fine but the second I click on the iPod directory, to manage it, The gtkpod GUI freezes and my CPU goes to 100% usage and after a little while it starts overheating.  Last night I let this go on for about 15 minutes and I killed the process fearing damage to my laptop.

I have told you a few posts back that I have the 64bit version of Ubuntu 8.10 on “kramer” my laptop.  So I decided to try gtkpod on my Wind netbook, which runs the i386 version of Ubuntu 8.10.  Gtkpod works fine on this installation.  I guess I will have to file a bug report stating that the gtkpod 64bit package is broken.

I can now manage my iPod using “blizard” with the correct album art.  I can also import video to the ‘pod again, since RhythymBox does not support video.

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7 Comments »

  1. Try Songbird? Rumor has it that its album art support is superb.

    Comment by Derek Buranen — December 5, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

  2. I tried it about a year ago. I haven’t tried the newly released 1.0 version. I’ll probably try it out in the next fewdays.

    Comment by spurius — December 5, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

  3. I too am using 64bit debian lenny, gtkpod does the same thing to me when I click the iPod directory. It does finally load up but is a real frustration.

    Comment by jwolf — December 15, 2008 @ 3:45 am

  4. I prefer Songbird…a great program…

    Comment by GrowthHormoneAntiAging — January 13, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

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  6. nice observation.

    Comment by VibeByEniva — January 20, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

  7. yes!

    Comment by MegaMillionsWinner — January 23, 2009 @ 1:55 pm


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