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30 days with Ubuntu Linux, Day 3: Where is my iTunes?

Tony Bradley, PCWorld | June 4, 2011
OK, so Ubuntu Linux is all installed and ready to go. Now what?

Then, there is the issue of iTunes not detecting my iPhone. So, I still can't sync, and if I can't sync the iPhone and iPad, I don't need iTunes at all because I could just use the Banshee music player utility that came by default with Ubuntu. I'll bet it can even play a whole song. Maybe even an album or two.

And here we are. Despite Apple's claims that the iPad is the harbinger of the "post-PC" era, it still requires a PC (as does the iPhone) to sync and update. But, apparently, in the world of Apple, Linux does not qualify as a PC. So, even if I dedicate myself to living in Ubuntu for the next 30 days, I would still need to boot back into Windows periodically to sync my iOS devices.

I hate iTunes, but this experience has given me new appreciation for working with iTunes in Windows. See, here's the thing -- in Windows I just install the software, and then it works (except for the part where I frequently have to use the Task Manager to forcibly shut it down when it freezes up).

I am open to suggestions, Linux gurus. One thing I have determined about Linux is that there always seems to be a way. Given enough duct tape, chewing gum and perspiration, there is a way to make it work. I guess my question, though, would be "why?" Why should we expect someone who just wants to use a computer to jump through hoops and bend over backwards just to make a simple program work when a much simpler alternative exists?

 

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