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.



  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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