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It seems to me that it would not be to hard to parse the database schema on an iPod and make a working application on Linux that could load and manage songs. There is no hope left in me that Apple will support Linux users in any way if we buy there products like my current iPod 5g running IOS 9.2, so it seems we must help ourselves here.
Yes booting over to my win10 partition is an option but I am very resistant to doing that because of the very long time to start and shut-down since so many updates seem to accumulate during the times I (rarely) boot over to that partition. And honestly I don't like Windows that much after seeing how easy, customizable and fast my Linux is.
The suggested solutions like Amorok, Rythmbox, Banshee and every other Linux music app I have tried have been unsuccessful at connecting to any but the very oldest iPods running IOS 6 or less. I may just have to switch to Android music players in the future as my last resort. Any developers out there with ideas or experience trying to write software to communicate with the iPod?