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In Ubuntu 12.04, when I drag .mp3 files from Banshee 2.6 to my Mac-formatted iPhone 4s ios5.1:

  • Banshee says it's syncing with the phone, updating the media database, and the file count on the phone is incremented;
  • The files show up under the device in Banshee and I can play them;
  • I can see them on the iPhone in a file browser;
  • I can navigate to the iPhone filesystem in a terminal and create a file, so I know I have write permissions.

When I disconnect the device in Banshee, it again tells me it's syncing the phone and updating the media database, but I can't find the songs on the phone in iTunes - they are not there when I reconnect the phone to my computer.

Am I just being deceived by gvfs?

I haven't been able to find a recent post indicating the status of syncing ios5.x devices with Banshee, RhythmBox, etc... Can someone tell me if this should work?

Also, I wonder if my iPhone needs to be formatted/initialized by iTunes for Windows, since it has been managed on a Mac? I solved a syncing problem with an older iPod classic which had been managed by iTunes on a Mac, by re-initializing it under iTunes for Windows - perhaps an hfs+ issue.

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Have a look here and also to the libimobiledevice website. – Michele Oct 12 '12 at 15:12

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