Syncing the iPod Touch via Dropbox

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by GammaPoint, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. GammaPoint macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hi, I recently bought a Touch 4G but am still waiting for it to come in. The problem I have is that I use Ubuntu as my OS on my computers (my fiancee does have a Mac, but apparently the Touch isn't supposed to work on a 4 year old Mac OS :mad: ).

    So, I was thinking, would it be possible for me to just transfer all my music from my Linux PC to dropbox and then transfer from dropbox to the Touch? Or does music have to be added via the iTunes store? What other things are accomplished by "syncing" that I can't do via a Dropbox mechanism?

    Thanks for the help!

    *Note: It's possible that the Touch will *just work* on Ubuntu, but I'm not sure if it will or not.
  2. supermassive macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2010
    Mails, Calendar and Notes are synced. Not sure about music but i guess it won't work thru dropbox. Besides that it wuld last forever even if you only have like 5GB of music.

    Why don't you just use iTunes thru wine?
  3. GammaPoint thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2010
    What do you mean exactly that it "would last forever"? And so you're saying that you don't think that music would work with dropbox, or just that mail, calendar, and notes wouldn't? I don't think I would be using any of the latter three anyway.

    Have you used iTunes via wine? I wasn't sure if it was fully working or not, as I've seen mixed reports on the internets.
  4. supermassive macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2010

    I mean that syncing music via dropbox would last forever, if it worked. The latter three are synced to the corresponding application (iCal, Mail on OS X).

    I used iTunes in wine to browse the store and it worked ok. However it was version 8 as I tried it.

    Nevertheless, without iTunes u are not going to get any updates and your iPod won't get backed up. You also can't download apps greater than 10MB directly.
  5. GammaPoint thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2010

    I see. I didn't realize this. Perhaps I should dual boot with a Windows CD on my laptop then. Thanks!
  6. androiphone macrumors 65816

    Dec 13, 2009
    you need itunes 10 to activate the ipod and also it is the way you sync music to it, you can play music from dropbox but you cant sync or transfer music to the ipod.

    after you have activated and put some music on it you dont ever *have* to use itunes again, obviously you wouldnt get software updates or be able to put new music on it, but it will work fine without itunes, you can use something like gmail to sync contacts rather than from the address book on the computer
  7. vonfirmath macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2010
    Lone Star State
    I don't have frequent wifi access. is there a way to sync with gmail contacts while plugged in to itunes?

    If so, HOW. I'm having troubles figuring it out :)

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