How to manage your iPod using Rhythmbox in Ubuntu

This tutorial will guide you in using Rhythmbox to manage your iPod in Ubuntu. The steps are specific to Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04) and Rhythmbox 0.10.0.

Please note: This guide was originally published back in 2007. Quite obviously, a lot has changed since then (including Ubuntu). Rhythmbox still exists and is actively updated, and supports quite a few iPod models. With that said, the steps and screenshots used in this guide have likely changed. It’s staying up as a historical/archived document, and should be treated as such.

  1. By default, when you connect your iPod to your computer Rhythmbox will launch. If this is the first time you’ve used Rhythmbox you’ll be taken through a quick setup. If it’s not, you can skip down to step 7.

    Click the Forward button to begin the setup.

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  3. Choose the folder you store your music files in by clicking the Browse… button.
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  5. Navigate to your music folder and click Open.
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  7. Back at the setup window make sure your music folder has been selected and then click the Forward button.
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  9. Now click Apply to finish setting up Rhythmbox.
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  11. Rhythmbox will open and your music library will be displayed.
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  13. To view the contents of your iPod, select it from the list in the left column.
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  15. From here you can remove tracks from your iPod by right-clicking (ctrl-click for single button mouse folks) a song (or group of songs) and selecting Move to Trash. To add tracks to your iPod, go back to your music library, select the songs and drag them to the iPod listed in the right column.
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  17. When you’re done updating your iPod and want to disconnect it, close down Rhythmbox, right-click the iPod icon on your desktop and select Eject. Then you can safely remove your iPod.
  18. eject your ipod

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6 thoughts on “How to manage your iPod using Rhythmbox in Ubuntu”

  1. Using Rhythbox all worked fine with my ipod nano. Yes, it’s limited compared to sync features of iTunes, but as many point out – that’s the good thing about it. Bye, bye iTunes..


  2. i just tried this – swear to god , it’s actually EASIER than running iTunes on XP.

    it literally is a case of drag’n’drop onto your ipod. amazing stuff.

  3. I’m really beginning to go in Love with Ubuntu.
    And your tutorial + site are just great.

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