How to Manage an iPod in Linux

iPods are the most famous audio players worldwide. iTunes is the official software to manage your iPod, but it only runs in Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. So what if you want to manage an iPod in Linux? With older iPod models, there are a few software options to help. On newer/unsupported iPods, though, these methods may not work and your only option may be to use iTunes via dual booting or virtualization of MS Windows or macOS.


Choose iPod management software from one of the following:

  • Floola (proprietary)
  • AmaroK (KDE)
  • gtkpod (Linux)
  • gPodder (Linux)
  • Rhythmbox (GNOME)
  • aTunes (cross platform, Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
  • Yamipod (cross platform, Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
  • Banshee (Mac OS, Linux, Windows beta release)

Plug in your iPod.

It should appear in storage devices, so mount your iPod.

  • mount /dev/sdc2 /media/ipod

If this is a new iPod and the first time you have used it, you will need to initialize it.

When you click connect, many iPod management applications will offer to initialize it.

Run your iPod management software and configure it to detect your iPod (you may have to enter your model e.g.

Classic 4th generation, Nano 3rd generation, Shuffle 2nd generation etc).

Click the “Connect” button.

Load your files (and folders) into a playlist (iPods support M3U playlists) on your software and click Transfer.

Click Disconnect, safely remove your iPod and unmount it.

Manually disconnect only when it’s safe.

The screen on your iPod will display OK to Disconnect when it is okay to disconnect.


  • Don’t confuse this article with running Linux on your iPod.
  • If you really want to run iTunes, you can try it in WINE.


  • If you don’t unmount properly you could lose data: unmount /media/ipod.

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