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How to Choose an MP3 Player for Linux

MP3 players are overwhelmingly designed with two operating systems in mind, Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh OS X. But what if you are a Linux ...

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Choose an MP3 Player for Linux

MP3 players are overwhelmingly designed with two operating systems in mind, Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh OS X. But what if you are a Linux user? Here is how to choose an MP3 player that you will find easy to manage on Linux.

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  1. 1
    If you want to get an iPod check that it will work with the Linux at all (the iPhone won't) and it will work applications you intend to use. Songbird doesn't yet support the iPod. If its completely new, you may have to initialise the file system which is difficult on Linux.
  2. 2
    If you want to use MTP, check that this is supported.
  3. 3
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    Consider players which act just as flash disks like Sandisk Sansa or Samsung Yepp. You should be able to transfer music and files just by drag and drop.
  4. 4
    Do you want to avoid proprietary codecs and use OGG instead of MP3? If so get a player which supports OGG (or FLAC) like Cowon iAudio or iRiver.
    • Do you need support for proprietary DRM audio? If so, an iPod may be essential.
  5. 5
    If you want to hack it, check if Rockbox will be supported on it.

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  • Microsoft Zune and Creative Zen aren't Linux friendly.
  • libmtp is a free package that will help you use mtp (Microsoft Transfer Protocol).
  • If you get an iPod think twice about updating it, it may break Linux compatibility.
  • You may not be able to access iTunes Store anyway although iTunes can be made to run on Linux.

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