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I joined the cult of iPod today when my brand-new iPod Shuffle arrived. It's really cute and tiny, and will be perfect for using while I'm at the gym. i plugged it into my laptop and discovered that while Ubuntu recognized it as an iPod and mounted it in the expected location, and Amarok also recognized it as an iPod immediately, I couldn't tell Amarok to transcode my songs to .m4a format before copying them over.

Lots of websearching and experimenting later, I figured out how to do it. Hopefully this will spare some other Ubuntu/Amarok/iPod user a little trouble.
  1. sudo apt-get install libtag1c2a vorbis-tools lame faad faac mplayer gstreamer0.8-tools gstreamer0.8-plugins libflac7 flac streamripper
  2. Go to this page and download transkode.
  3. bunzip2 the downloaded file
  4. In Amarok: Tools -> Script Manager, click on "Install Script", find the transkode tarball, install it.
  5. Select the transkode plugin, click "Configure", then click "Programs".
  6. For each program you have installed, click the "Guess" button. If you just installed what I listed above, just click it for lame, oggenc, oggdec, faac, faad, flac, mplayer, and streamripper.
  7. OK your way out of the script manager stuff.
  8. In the Media Devices tab of Amarok, make sure your iPod is mounted and connected, and click the little tools icon to configure it. Click the "Transcode before transferring to device" checkbox, and then check "When necessary".
  9. Queue up some transfers that need to be transcoded and go to it.

Hope that helps!

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( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 15th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
It makes little difference most of the time, but aptitude should be preferred over apt-get. This is usually more important when dealing with distribution upgrades.
Jan. 15th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay. I'm a (relatively) old-school Debian user who's recently converted to Ubuntu, so apt is still a reflex. I'll try to remember aptitude in the future.
Jan. 15th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Same here (old skool Debian zealot). aptitude's upgrade and dist-upgrade commands handle things much more smoothly. So, I go around reminding others to use it to help remind my finger memory to try something new.
Jan. 15th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
what format were your songs in before you converted them to m4a?
Jan. 15th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
He's an ogg using hippie.
Jan. 15th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Jan. 15th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Ogg Vorbis
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