Thursday, June 05, 2008

EEE PC - Meet iPod Nano

It was only a matter of time before I introduced my eee PC to my iPod Nano. If I plan on listening to music with my eee PC, it only makes sense to play it from my iPod (rather than eat up limited space with duplicate files). I have tried a lot of software for linux which plays music, but none works better with the iPod than Rhythmbox.

To install Rhythmbox, open a terminal and do a 'sudo apt-get install rhythmbox'. There are a bunch of dependencies - go ahead and let it install those. One thing I found, is that I was unable to play *any* of my music. That's because Rhythmbox does not incude the gstreamer libraries needed to play them. To add the missing libraries, go to your terminal and do a 'sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly'. Note that there is also a gstreamer0.10-plugins-good and a gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad set of plugins which may be required to play other obscure non-mp3 formats.

So now I can plug in my iPod, open up Rhythmbox, and start rocking out. I noticed my album art is missing, but I don't know that it bothers be enough to fix it. Maybe I will work on that later.


  1. Genius. I have a sister with an eeepc asking for "itunes" This should be the solution I was looking for.

  2. It seems I may need to dig up a repository first. I take it your eeepc is not vanilla.