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I have Precise and i want to get my iphone working with Rhythmbox, i have the latest package, but dont know how to install, the installer instructions look like gibberish to me.

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Please link to to the instructions you're following? – Jorge Castro Apr 9 '12 at 12:56
It is the INSTALL file in the tar.gz – user54092 Apr 10 '12 at 16:50

I have not added the pmcenery/ppa to my software sources and I have libimobiledevice available in the Software Centre.

Simply open the Software Centre and type libimobiledevice in the search box, you should see a result like the following;

libimobiledevice results

Select it for installation and once complete you should get the following;

libimobiledevice installed

You should note that the version in the software centre is 1.1.1-4 and according to the developers website it is the development release.

Launchpad has packages for all versions of Ubuntu from Oneiric to Quantal

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Yes it is the development version, but it doesn't yet support iOS7 (see – NoBugs Jan 4 '14 at 2:35

Do this in terminal
1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa
2. sudo apt-get update
3. sudo apt-get install libimobiledevice

If it says Package not found(it will most probably then):

  1. sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
  2. Replace
    deb precise main
    deb-src precise main
    deb maverick main
    deb-src maverick main.
  3. Save the file.
  4. sudo apt-get update
  5. sudo apt-get install libimobiledevice

If that does not work manaully download the ppa files for maverick(links below)(these are packages for 32 bit)

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Just type in the Terminal (Invoke it by pressing Cltr + Alt + T) this:

sudo apt-get install libimobiledevice2

From what I know, the package is already included in the default repositories.

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