I'd like to be able to plug my 5th gen iPod nano into my Ubuntu 10.04 box and have it sync podcasts. I'd like newly downloaded podcasts to be copied onto the iPod, and played podcasts to be removed from the iPod.

I've tried syncing with:

  • Rhythmbox detects the iPod when it's plugged in, but doesn't sync podcasts to it.

  • Banshee doesn't detect the iPod unless I kill Nautilus. It also doesn't sync podcasts without intervention.

  • gPodder doesn't seem to detect the iPod. It will sync, but only if I tell it to. And it marks podcasts as unheard. The gpo sync commandline app has the same problem.

  • gtkpod doesn't detect the iPod. It will sync with intervention, but it syncs podcasts as songs.

This feels like a problem that someone else would have encountered by now. How do I get my Ubuntu box to sync podcasts with my iPod?

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Interesting that you couldn't get it working with gPodder. I had this working with Ubuntu 10.04 but with an iPod 30GB video (a generation before yours?). I did have to fiddle a bit to make it work, but once working it was pretty much automatic.

Have you tried a newer version of gpodder than we have in Ubuntu?

The gpodder authors ppa has 2.7, Ubuntu Lucid has 2.2


  • Yeah, I tried 2.7. It doesn't look as snazzy as 2.2 but fails in the same way.
    – Erigami
    Aug 6, 2010 at 16:25
  • Do you have any suggestions about getting gpodder to behave properly?
    – Erigami
    Aug 7, 2010 at 15:01
  • Sadly not, I no longer use it.
    – popey
    Aug 9, 2010 at 12:19

http://juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/ -- formally know as ipodder, now called juice provides the functionality your looking for.


  • I'll give it a shot. Thanks! I'm still interested in seeing a solution involving an app in a ppa. =)
    – Erigami
    Aug 6, 2010 at 4:16
  • Good luck let me know how it goes.
    – myusuf3
    Aug 6, 2010 at 4:27
  • No luck. Since there's no linux distribution of Juicereceiver, I grabbed the latest iPodder (from '05). That fails to start complaining of errors using wx widgets - it appears that the packages it depended on are no longer available. I also tried IcePodder (recommended on the Juicereceiver site), but that's a fail too: it also has a dependency that's no longer available.
    – Erigami
    Aug 7, 2010 at 14:51
  • While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. Sep 2, 2012 at 20:24
  • To clarify what @MartinOwens-doctormo- has said: this answer would be better if it included information on how to install juicereceiver and also on how to use it to perform this particular task. (Screenshots to go along with the explanatory text could be helpful too.) Sep 3, 2012 at 12:05

You cant really "sync" but you can copy,paste and move things to-and from the iPod. What you can do is set up a cron job to sync hourly. You would need to set up a script to see where the mount point of the iPod is and to copy to the appropriate folder.

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    I'd really like to do this without resorting to writing my own scripts. cron doesn't feel like something an "os for human beings" should make its users touch.
    – Erigami
    Aug 6, 2010 at 16:26

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