Monday, December 21, 2009

Sonbird 1.4 is out!

Well other than me going home for the holidays today, I'm happy to announce that Songbird 1.4 is out! I have been waiting for this release for ages!

Anyhow, if you followed my guide to install songbird, and want to update, all you have to do is type in:

sudo rm -r /opt/Songbird

Then download the new version of Songbird and follow my guide up to step 2.

So run this command inside the folder where you downloaded Songbird:

sudo tar -xvzf Songbird*.tar.gz -C /opt/


sudo chown -R username:username /opt/Songbird/

Of Course substitute username, for your actual user name. That should be the basic install of the program, but if you want to add the extra features that I was talking about at the beginning of this tutorial, then go ahead and keep on reading.

This should do it, good luck and have fun!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ubuntu iPod possible bug

So for the past couple of days I started to loose faith in my Ubuntu install because I thought I had found a perfect application to replace itunes, which was songbird. It all started when I was syncing songs to my iPod through songbird, and all my playlists would be blank on my iPod. I swore up and down that it had to be a problem with songbird. As it turns out to, it's somewhat 1/2 and 1/2 between Ubuntu and Sonbird.

To start off, songbird still can't seem to "Eject" my iPod. To me it's no biggie, I just close down Songbird and right-click on my iPod and select "Safely Remove." As it turns out to be that is what is causing my playlists to be blank on my iPod, selecting "Safely Remove."

The only way I found to fix this little issue was, to instead of selecting "Safely Remove", just select "Eject."

Don't know if this is a bug, but that was my little fix for something I thought was a bigger problem.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Fix iPod detection in Ubuntu 9.10

So this guide is intended to be another workaround if you are having trouble getting Ubuntu 9.10 to recognize your iPod.

First of all, make sure that your iPod is disconnected from your computer. Then open up terminal, and type this into the command line:

killall -9 nautilus

After you run that command, plug in your iPod. Wait about 60 seconds, then hit Alt + F2 to bring up the 'Run Application' window. Type in 'nautilus' without quotes, and launch what ever app you are using to manage your iPod. Hopefully now it is recognised.

Hope this works for some of you guys, best of luck!