I want to synchronize my music between Ubuntu 14.04 and my iPod Nano (6th gen).

I have read pretty much everything but am still blocked... I tried with Rhythmbox and with Banshee and I get the same behavior:

  • The iPod is recognized
  • I can drag and drop my playlist to the iPod (which apparently works, as there is a synchronization progress bar and as the iPod's screen also shows that synchro is ongoing)
  • Apparently the synchro was successful, since I can play the music from the iPod (in Rhythmbox or Banshee)
  • I eject my iPod and... it's like the music disappeared: the iPod pretends to be empty and, when I plug it back to the computer, it also appears empty in both Rhythmbox and Banshee

Has anyone experienced a similar behavior?


2 Answers 2


Apple doesn't like it if users use other software than iTunes to sync their iDevices.

Thus, they use a very specific directory and file naming system, which needs to be used, the iPod will ignore any files not matching the naming criteria.

However, there's a nice synching program called GtkPod, which implements this naming structure. You can install it from the software center or with the following command

sudo apt-get install gtkpod

Now you can start GtkPod and manage your iPod from this software.

Source: My own experience

  • Thanks for that! GtkPod however keeps on crashing all the time. I will try again but if anyone has any other idea, I'd be happy to read about other options :-) Oct 26, 2014 at 19:28
  • Try starting GtkPod from terminal and see the error message. This may help with debugging.
    – s3lph
    Oct 26, 2014 at 19:32
  • Does this really solve the problem? I'm under the impression that both GtkPod and Rhythmbox use the same underlying library: libgpod. See github.com/fadingred/libgpod Jul 10, 2017 at 18:52
  • @sondra.kinsey is right. And for ipod Nano 6G libhashab is needed as well: github.com/Amoystyle/libhashab Jul 11 at 19:55

Having trouble finding the link, but pretty sure I found earlier that libgpod (the library most programs use to access your device) does not support the Nano 6G. Found that out the hard way with the same symptoms.

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