Howto Sync Wireless iPhone with Amarok

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The following guide allows you to wirelessly sync an iPhone with Amarok in Ubuntu 7.10, including adding, editing and playing songs and playlists.

Note :- it requires a jailbroken iPhone.

Step1 :- Set up the iPhone

On your iPhone:

Click Settings ? General and set Auto-lock to Never. This will ensure the iPhone keeps the WiFi connection open.

Click Settings ? WiFi and select your WiFi network. Click the Static button and change the IP Address to something outside the dynamically assigned range of your network. For example, if your wireless router normally assigns --, try This will ensure your iPhone is always contactable at the same address for syncing.

Open Installer.

Click on All Packages ? OpenSSH ? Install.

Click All Packages ? BSD Subsystem ? Install

Step2 :- Set up Ubuntu

A third party source provides the ipod convenience package needed to properly mount and unmount an iPhone or iPod Touch, and for gtkpod users, a newer gtkpod that’s required for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

First you need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following line

deb gutsy main

Save and exit the file

Update the source list

sudo aptitude update

Install the ipod-convenience and amarok packages

sudo aptitude install ipod-convenience amarok

When asked, enter the IP address of your iPod Touch or iPhone that you selected earlier. When asked for a folder to mount your iPod Touch or iPhone, either leave the default of /media/ipod or another folder if you prefer -- just remember to use that folder name for rest of this guide. The package will make the folder for you.

Step3 :- Set up Amarok

Click Applications ? Sound and Video ? Amarok

When you first open up Amarok:

Click Settings ? Configure Amarok.

Choose Media Devices.

Hit Add Device.

Select Apple iPod Media Device for the plugin type.

Point it at your mount point, /media/ipod.

Back in the main app, click the blue cog icon called Configure Device just above the iPhone or iPod Touch. For Pre-Connect Command, add iphone-mount, for the Post-Disconnect Command, add iphone-umount

Click Connect. After entering your password, your iPhone or iPod touch should now appear in Amarok.

You can now add, edit, and delete music to the iPhone like any other device. Just drag the music files into Amarok, and hit Transfer to move them to your iPhone. When you’re done, stop any music playing from the iPhone and click Disconnect.

Music should show now up in the iPhone immediately.

Note: If music doesn’t show up immediately this may be due to a bug recent BSD Subsystem packages missing the killall command. If so, you can download killall for iPhone, move the ‘killall’ file to /usr/bin/on your iPhone, and enable the execute permission.

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2 Responses

  1. Mikey says:

    When I click on Configure Amarok there is no Media Devices tab. ??

  2. blackfox says:

    No Media Devices tab found…

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