Sync your iPhone Music Libary With Rhythmbox in Ubuntu Karmic (No Jailbreaking Required)

In Mac and Windows, you can easily sync your iPhone/iPod Touch with iTunes, but in Linux, there is no easy way to sync your iDevice’s music library with any of the media player. Even if you are willing to jailbreak your phone, there are still plenty of complicated steps that you need to do to get the syncing to work. With the release of iFuse (and a bunch of other library), things have changed. Not only can you mount your iPhone as an external drive in Ubuntu, you can also use it to sync your music library with Rhythmbox.

The following tutorial only works in Ubuntu Karmic (and other karmic-derivative distro) and iPhone firmware 3.0 and above.

If you have previously installed ifuse in your system, you need to remove it and its related files. If you did not install ifuse before, you can ignore this part and skip to the next section.

You also need to remove the jonabeck repository from your apt list.

Delete the jonabeck PPA from the sources.list file. Save and close.

Refresh your system.

Add the iFuse PPA to your repository:

Update your system

If there is a need, restart your computer.

Install the relevant packages

Update: I have removed libiphone0 libiphone-dev from the above packages since they are not longer needed.

When the installation is done, go to System -> Users and Groups

Click on the key icon to unlock.


Click the Manage Groups button. Scroll down till you see the fuse entry. Select it and click the Properties button.


Check the box beside your username and click OK.


Close all windows and restart your computer.

You can now plug in your iPhone/iPod Touch and see it appears in your Rhythmbox and Nautilus.

That’s it. Let us know in the comments if this works for you.

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