Ubuntu 13.10 - iTunes replacement? Syncing options?

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  1. nope7308 macrumors 65816

    nope7308

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    Switched from OS X, to Windows, and (soon) to Ubuntu... I'm still trying to figure all this out, so please be gentle.

    I'm going to keep Windows 8, but I want to install Ubuntu on a separate SSD as my main OS. However, I use iTunes to manage my music library, and to sync my iPhone/iPad...

    How do I do this in Ubuntu?

    Is there a music program/app that works like iTunes? I just want to preserve all the metadata (name, artist, etc.), and be able to sync my devices through Ubuntu. Is this possible? I don't want to run any virtualization software (i.e., the music program should natively support Linux).

    This might be too much to ask, but would I be able to keep my music files in the existing iTunes folder? I have the music files saved on an external HDD, so it would be nice if I could access my music in iTunes when I have to use Windows (mainly for work stuff).

    Of course, I could boot into Windows every time I need to sync my devices, but that's a major PIA. iTunes seems to be the only bump in the road for this transition...

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
     
  2. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

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    While I've not used it myself, I've heard good things about Rythmbox. Give it a test run inside a VM to see if it's what you're looking for.
     
  3. Renzatic Suspended

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    I use Dropbox myself, but I managed to dig this up after a bit of searching.

    I might give it a roll here in a bit. See how well it works.
     
  4. nope7308 thread starter macrumors 65816

    nope7308

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    So I managed to install Ubuntu 13.10 last night, but I haven't had any time to really tinker with it and properly learn the OS. My first impression is that it's less intuitive and a bit slower than what I remember. I installed Ubuntu years ago on my laptop (2007 maybe?), but I gave up after the wireless driver kept crashing.

    Anyhow, I'm wondering if there's a good startup guide for complete beginners? For instance, it would be nice if I had a list of stuff that should be mandatory to download. For example, stuff like:
    - VLC
    - Codec Packs
    - GUI tool for system tweaking, etc.

    It would also be great if there was a guide to tweak the OS to remove useless features/services that make it run a bit slow. Also, is there any way to increase the privacy settings? I read something about data being sent to Conical (or whatever it's called).

    Truthfully, I feel like I underestimated how complicated the initial setup/tweaking would be, and now I'm a bit scared! If I install/remove a bunch of programs/apps, will this create any problems? With Windows, I never feel confident that uninstalling a program actually removes all traces of it. I normally reformat every other year just to keep things tidy/snappy.

    Sorry for the noob questions, I'm just slightly freaking out at the moment!

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    Thanks for this! Hopefully the new version is released soon since all of my devices have been updated to iOS 7. If you decide to give the program a try, let me know how it works out!
     
  5. Renzatic Suspended

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    Will do! I'll see about goofing around with it later on tonight. If it works well and ends up being easy to use, I'll send a recommendation your way.
     

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