I don't want to sync my Apple Brand product with RhythmBox, I just want to be able to drag and drop MP3s, similar to the way you might apply files to a USB drive. This has in the past worked without failure, does anyone know why it might have stopped working? Do I need to tell you my iPod version, or what release of Ubuntu I'm on?
Under ubuntu 10.04, in rhythmbox you can select your music files, drag them to the ipod icon on the left side panel and thus to copy the files in the ipod.
With an another computer running ubuntu 12.10, I try to do the same but it doesn't work no more!! What seems to be possible is to SYNCHRONIZE. I bet that files in the ipod, but not in the computer will be erazed.
Does that mean that rhythmbox behaves like itune, I guess yes!
@tomwrong, In my opinion you don't have to sync IPod with Rhythmbox. This is the same as Manual Sync, where you sync only if you want to.
I am not aware if you can drag and drop to IPod without linking it to some software. My knowledge dictates that ITunes was meant to do the role and since then other players have offered an easier and better route to do the same.
I believe RB, banshee and other players only recognise the IPod and do not participate in implanting any imprints into the IPod player.
In Manual Control in RhythmBox, you are essentially dragging and dropping. This may not be the exact answer but if not you, will help others who come along seeking information.