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For a while now I've been wishing I could replace iTunes with something on Linux and reduce my need for Windows. It would be nice if Apple would just release ...
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- 08-07-2012 #1
- Join Date
- Dec 2010
media players and the iPod
- 08-08-2012 #2
Don't know if this would work on an ipod, but I've used Audacity to recode .wav files to mp3 and played on my generic mp3 player. You might see if it would let you recode your Itunes to something you could use.Registered Linux user #526930
- 08-10-2012 #3
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- May 2012
When I first converted to Linux, I had the very same problem. I did have a Mac but gave it to my sister. I liked Macs but I never became dependent on them. I had Win7 for a long time and in some ways I liked it but it was inefficient and having to keep paying for stuff like anti-virus and system mechanics and all kinds of programs got really old, really fast.
So I converted to Linux and at first it seemed that the transition was to good to be true. But then the itunes issue came up. I did a lot of personal reading on the subject. I asked every forum I could find for help. I tried to become an expert at installing wine and then I tested installing old versions of itunes. I tried using the cloud with a virtual windows desktop but the virtual desktop would not connect directly to my iphone or itouch.
So here is my final conclusion:
Any and every file you have on itunes must be converted to a file that can be played by a standard player, whether it is video or audio.
Podcasts are easy because most podcasts are not exclusively itunes and there is an rss feed that will go directly to players like banchee.
Videos should not be difficult, but I admit I never had any purchased videos from itunes so I never had to figure that one out.
Music can be converted to mp3 and there are many different ways to do it.
As far as audio.com, it would not surprise me if there is a way to convert the audio, although I do not know how. But there is a possibility you may have to accept that audio.com books will never work on a linux based player. However, I have a hard time believing that.
And you should have an external storage harddrive that saves all important video and audio as backups.
If banchee is eating your music then I suggest GNOME Player, There are many players out there on linux. I do not know what banchee is doing, but what you described has never happened to me.