Top Alternatives to iTunes for Linux
Alternatives to iTunes for Linux should include all or most of the above; syncing an iPod with a Linux distro isn’t easily done, but can be done in Ubuntu 10.04 and Ubuntu 10.10 with the libimobiledevice utility (available via the Package Manager).
Let’s take a look at the best alternatives to iTunes for Linux.
Included within Ubuntu, Rhythmbox combines a desktop library of tunes with internet radio, personal radio in the shape of Last.fm, and the Jamendo, Magnatune and Ubuntu One music stores.
Rhythmbox is a fully functioning audio player, allowing you to create playlists, queue tracks, organise music and download podcasts. Tracks can be ripped from CDs as you would expect, and to all intents and purposes, Rhythmbox is the Linux equivalent of iTunes.
Find out more by visiting the Rhythmbox home page at www.rhythmbox.org
Bringing a more universal approach to listening to music on your PC, Amarok includes all of the usual music playback tools that you would expect, the ability to sync with iPod Touch 3G (and presumably iPhone 3G) as well as displaying lyrics, guitar tabs, touring information and Wikipedia.org entries for the artists you listen to.
More about Amarok can be discovered at the website, amarok.kde.org.
Combining support for music, video, audiobooks, podcasts and internet radio, Banshee features a store in the shape of the Amazon MP3 Store and also provides access to the Last.fm personal radio system.
Regardless of which distro you install Banshee on, it includes sync tools enabling you to pair an iPod, iPhone or Android phone to synchronize your MP3s as well as various play modes, album art and more.
Banshee is available for most Linux distros as well as Mac OS X; full details can be found at banshee.fm.
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