3rd Generation iPod Nano write support?

Hal Burgiss hal at burgiss.net
Tue Mar 17 22:56:27 UTC 2009

On Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 01:15:31PM -0700, NoOp wrote:
> On 03/14/2009 02:17 PM, Hal Burgiss wrote:
> > On Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 10:35:22AM -0700, Ray Parrish wrote:
> >> Not so fast! I recently read an article on PC magazine onlne about how 
> >> to close user accounts with many online services,. In the article they 
> >> claim that if you first burn those mp3's to CD as audio files [which 
> >> involves converting them to CD music file types] and then rip the 
> >> resulting CD back to mp3 format files, it legally removes the DRM from 
> >> them. They were specifically talking about Itunes at that point in the 
> >> article.
> > 
> > There are several issues here. First, I've never seen mp3's from
> > iTunes. They are all m4a or somesuch format. If you burn those to cd,
> > they won't play. They have to be converted first. AFAIK, you can
> > convert the non-DRM (the newer stuff) to mp3's, but not the older DRM
> > stuff. 
> > 
> You might want to have a look at the links I provided.

I didn't see anything to really contradict what my experiences have

The closest to getting a fully working iTunes set up on Ubuntu, quote:

"An unofficial plugin for the Banshee Player supports the store but
needs to be obtained from subversion and compiled. There is also no
guarantee it will work with changes to the itunes store. You can also
use Wine or CodeWeavers' CrossOver Office to install the Windows
version of iTunes on Ubuntu (note that support for Itunes on both of
these platforms is widely limited). This will allow you to buy iTunes
songs on Linux and listen to them. However, be aware that the
purchased songs will be useless outside of iTunes or an iPod, because
they are encrypted for the purpose of restricting their use. Because
of this restriction, it is a better idea to buy and rip CDs, or
purchase music from sites that offer unencrypted MP3 or OGG files."

I have no problem mounting my ipod, moving music to/from it, etc. In
fact, I use gtkpod for that. I love em both. The problems are the
proprietary formats that are one degree of problem or another. Most of
what I have is a dead duck if its not being played by the ipod or
somebody else's Mac/MS system. The problem is iTunes+Linux, its a PITA
at best. gtkpod can read the iTunesDB but nothing in Linux will
actually play the iTunes stuff (the real new stuff may be a little
less encumbered but its still not mp3 or a reasonable format).


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