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I need to synchronise my iPod Nano (5th generation) with music and podcasts (video and audio). I can use Rhythmbox for music, but does not seem to work with Podcast.

So, what application can I use to synchronize my podcats ?

Edit : After a week of fight with my iPod Nano, i've definitively uninstalled Banshee and i finally use Rhythmbox. Why ? because several times my music and podcast list in my iPod have been corrupted (3 times the same podcast, podcast in music and music in podcast, wrong covers ...)

I start this new week testing RhythmBox....

Edit 2 : finally found a solution with gPodder, read my answer for details

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After a week of fight with my iPod Nano, i've definitively uninstalled Banshee and i finally use Rhythmbox. Why ? because several times my music and podcast list in my iPod have been corrupted (3 times the same podcast, podcast in music and music in podcast, wrong covers ...) –  teo96 Oct 18 '10 at 21:27
    
My new test with RhythmBox begun yesterday : - iPod Nano reset with iTunes on a Windows XP station - RhythmBox loaded with music and podcasts - iPod Synchronization => OK everything is well defined in the iPod, i see music in the music library and podcasts in the podcast library, good covers ... but ... but no sound at all when i start playing music or podcast on the iPod ... grrrrr –  teo96 Oct 19 '10 at 11:54
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Banshee is the best I know.

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I confirm that synchronization works fine and Banshee really looks like better than Rhythmbox. Merci Julien ! –  teo96 Oct 10 '10 at 10:00
    
You're welcome ;) You should take a look at Daniel Rodrigues's answer too and use banshee-team PPA to get the most up-to-date version. –  Julien Nicoulaud Oct 10 '10 at 13:35
    
I edited the subjet, finally Banshee is not working correctly in my configuration :( I test RhythmBox but meet problems too. –  teo96 Oct 19 '10 at 11:52
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Banshee 1.8 is undoubtedly the best one. You can simply install Banshee from Software-Center, then add the Banshee-Team repository (trough Software Center > Edit > Software Sources > Other Software > Add, and then fill in with ppa:banshee-team/ppa), and update your system trough the Update Manager.

Banshee will be in Applications > Sound and Video > Banshee Media Player. You can now plug-in your iPod, activate Banshee Podcast Plugin trough Edit > Preferences > Extensions, add your podcast and configure syncing in the iPhone's pane in Banshee.

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Thx for your answer Daniel, i did not flag it as the best answer because Julien answered first but your answer is more complete. –  teo96 Oct 10 '10 at 17:04
    
No prob, I'm glad to help :) –  Daniel Rodrigues Oct 10 '10 at 18:22
    
I like how you can get Banshee for ever OS known to mankind but Windows... I lol'd at that... –  TheX Oct 18 '10 at 22:38
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up vote 4 down vote accepted

After many tests, i found a solution to my problem :

  • Rhythmbox or Banshee for music
  • gPodder for podcasts

This configuration works fine with iPod Nano 5th generation


Details :

  • Banshee corrupts iPod library if you synchronize podcasts (3 times the same podcast, podcast in music and music in podcast, wrong covers ...)
  • Rhythmbox synchronize every podcasts but convert video podcasts into audio podcasts (very long synchronization process with high CPU usage)
  • gPodder version 2.9 works fine with audio and video podcasts (add gPodder ppa for the 2.9 version : deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/thp/gpodder/ubuntu maverick main )
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I would give Amarok a look, I have used it in the past good support as well.

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Use Banshee or Rythmbox is indiferent, the two have a good integration with iPod.

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Rhythmbox supports podcasts and doesn't require additional plugins to do so. I use it myself and can confirm that it works.

Go to "Edit > Preferences > Podcasts" to set up the folder where your podcasts will be downloaded and how often to check for new episodes.

What version of Rhythmbox do you have and which version of Ubuntu? I run Lucid with rhythmbox 0.13.1

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You're right, RhythmBox works fine finally (wrong plugin enabled). But seems like after few hours of test, Banshee became my fav audio app. Thx for your answer –  teo96 Oct 10 '10 at 14:35
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have a look at Floola I use if for my ipod video classic it downloads podcasts and I can add music/audiobooks in mp3 format or apples formats. It also support album art.

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I usually use gtkpod for this.

gtkpod is a graphical user interface for the Apple iPod for Unix-like systems, written using the GTK+ toolkit.

gtkpod allows you to:
* Read your existing iTunesDB (i.e. import the existing contents of your iPod including playcounts, ratings and on-the-go playlists).
* Add MP3, WAV, M4A (non-protected AAC), M4B (audio book), podcasts, and various video files (single files, directories or existing playlists) to the iPod.
* [..]

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My favorite is Exaile It's goal is to be like Amarok, built for GTK.

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I tried Exaile but did not find a way to synchronize podcasts –  teo96 Oct 19 '10 at 20:00
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