What is the best way to sync music with my iPhone 3G?


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I'm not sure if it's the best way, but Rhythmbox with libimobiledevice (both installed by default in lucid) works for me. There are a couple of glitches to be aware of, however:

  • There's no full-library sync. You have to manually drag individual songs to the iPhone.
  • About 10 seconds or so after Rhythmbox transfers the songs, the iPhone screen switches to "Sync in Progress." You have to wait until after that screen goes away before you eject the iPhone, or the music won't actually get synced. This usually takes 5-10 minutes for me (more if I transfer a lot of songs)
  • The first time you go to the "Music" app on the iPhone, you have to wait for it to rebuild the library.
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    I don't have an iPhone anymore, but back when I had one, this was the "best" method I could find - and I have tried quite a few ones ! Jul 29, 2010 at 8:39

I am using gtkpod ipod Manager to sync my music and videos. Sadly, you have to do some manual stuff to sync videos, in this case you have to set the video length by hand.

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