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My current setup:

  • Ubuntu 10.04
  • Banshee 1.6 (I followed the instructions to set up the PPA and get the latest version)
  • IPod 5th gen video (MA147LL) with firmware 1.3

Here is the issue:

  • I restore the Ipod on a windows machine
  • I plug in the Ipod on the Ubuntu machine
  • I set the sync preferences to be "Sync to " and "Sync when connected and when libraries change"
  • Banshee says it is syncing with the Ipod
  • When it says it's done, I disconnect the Ipod and there are no songs or playlist on the Ipod
  • When I plug the Ipod back into the Ubuntu box, Banshee tells me the database on the ipod is too new or needs to be repaired.

If log snippets or anything else would help in resolving this, please let me know.


So it doesn't work with 1.7.5 either.

Here is the link to the bug I opened for this:

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This sounds like it may be a bug report. You may get better results filing a problem on Launchpad. Try other (non-PPA) Banshee versions as well; see if that helps. – Jacob Peddicord Sep 16 '10 at 3:52

Banshee 1.6's support for newer ipods can be hit and miss. However the Banshee team have been working pretty hard to make this work on newer versions by porting it to gio/udev. This improves ipod support, but unfortunately is not out in stable form yet.

However you can use the following PPA if you want to use the current 1.7.x development release:


If you want to follow the stable releases of Banshee (which will have 1.8 when it comes out) you can use this PPA:


I recommend using the 1.7 PPA for now, and when 1.8 is released switching to that PPA and you should be good. I've been using 1.7 for a while now and I haven't had problems. From your question it looks like you're running the stable PPA already, so switching to the unstable one for now should do the trick.

If it doesn't work in 1.7, then you've found a bug, you should report that to the Banshee developers.

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So I added the unstable PPA, upgraded to the latest version and still the same issue. I'm going to open a bug report. – alexpotato Sep 16 '10 at 11:04

I don't know of any other tools that do this, but Amarok2 can scan your ipod for 'stale and orphaned tracks' which should fix your songs not showing up. Also, always make sure to properly eject your device, that has always been my number one reason why my ipod ends up 'empty' after just being synced.

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