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 user? Here is how to choose an MP3 player that you will find easy to manage on Linux.

Steps

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

Tips

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

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Categories: Linux | Portable Media Players