How To Sync Amarok With iPOD Classic & 3rd Generation iPOD Nano

ipod-amarokSince there is no Linux version of iTunes, Linux users have to fall back on gtkpod, Amarok, Rhythmbox or Banshee to sync their iPOD. However, in the later version of iPOD, which include iPOD Classic and iPOD nano 3rd gen, there is a change in the firmware that resulted in conflict between iPOD and the syncing software. While it is possible to transfer songs from Amarok (and other software) to the iPOD, the iPOD just don’t register any songs in it.

If you are having this problem, here is a fix for it.

Installing the libgpod

Go to and download the following packages:

  • libgpod2_0.5.3+actually0.6.0-0.1_i386.deb
  • libgpod-dev_0.5.3+actually0.6.0-0.1_i386.deb

Once you have finished downloading the files, click on them in the order above to start the deb installer. If you have previously installed the older version of libgpod, it will prompt you to overwrite. Click “Continue

Install Amarok

Next, if you don’t have Amarok in your system (especially in Ubuntu), install it.

sudo apt-get install amarok

or System -> Synaptic Package manager -> Amarok

Configuring your iPOD

Now, mount your iPOD.

Open a terminal, type

sudo lsusb -v | grep -i Serial

You should see something as shown in the screenshot.


The 16 characters long hash is your iPOD FirewireGuid. Record it down.

Open up your Nautilus (or any file manager), and navigate to /media/ipod/iPod_Control/Device/ (replace the /media/ipod/ with your iPOD path), look for a file called SysInfo. Open it with a text editor (or kate, kwrite, nano etc) and add the following to the file

FirewireGuid: 0x000A27001301221F

Replace the 16 characters after the “0x” with the one you have recorded just now.

Save it and exit.

If the SysInfo file is not found in the iPOD folder, open your text editor, paste the line onto it, name it as SysInfo (without any file extension) and save it in the /iPod_Control/Device folder.

Configuring Amarok

Open your Amarok.

Go to Setting -> Configure Amarok. On the left, click on Media Devices.

On the right, click “add devices


Under the dropdown, choose “Apple ipod media device“.

Enter a name for the device and the path to the device (such as /media/ipod)

Click OK and exit the configuration window.

On the Amarok main screen, click on Devices on the left sidebar and you should see your iPOD mounted. You can now transfer songs to your iPOD.

Amarok screenshot


  1. do you have a tutorial for this like for media tablets like archos?

  2. do you have a tutorial for this like for media tablets like archos?

  3. How about the Digisette players? Have one, it’s not possible to get to the inner flash … gathering dust nowadays.

    Good article!


  4. If you move Apple's stuff,you need software.
    iPod transfer has another name,ipod copy or copy ipod,same meaning:
    Get your ipod stuff out.

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