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Re: Wine and itunes

On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 06:58, Christopher Judd <judd@wadsworth.org> wrote:
> On Wednesday 06 May 2009, Kumar Appaiah wrote:
>> On Wed, May 06, 2009 at 08:56:15AM -0400, Christopher Judd wrote:
>> >     My son is fed up with Windows and wants to purge it from his
>> > system, and run ubuntu or debian.  The only thing holding him back
>> > at this time is itunes.  Like most teenagers, he uses it regularly
>> > and has a rather large itunes library.  Does anyone have experience
>> > running a recent version of itunes (preferably 8.something) in wine
>> > on a debian box? I've done some looking online, but haven't found a
>> > definite answer.  I tried it with the package in experimental on my
>> > box at work (which is amd64), but was not successful.  I have a 32
>> > bit system at home that I can try it on.
>> Like the other suggestions, you can go with any other media playing
>> software. For iPods, gtkpod works fine. For the iPhone and iPod
>> Touch, however, you may want to check out iFuse (available in
>> Debian). It can transfer all files, including media from and to these
>> devices, but still doesn't work as expected for music and media files
>> since Apple's iTunes signs such files with a secret key... so iFuse
>> uploaded files are not "seen" as music files on these devices.
> I use Amarok myself for playing music, although I wasn't aware that it
> could transfer files to ipods, as I have a Cowon myself.  Transferring
> files is one issue, but he also buys music from the itunes store (often
> using gift cards from relatives), and I'm not aware of other apps that
> will do that.

There where some apps that did, but AFAIK, nothing supports the
new protocol. But there are a great number of stores now offering
MP3s with no DRM, including eMusic, Walmart and Amazon, not
to mention Magnatune and Jamendo, which have CC licensed

> Will Amarok play tunes stored in an itunes library?  I
> thought that they were in some proprietary format.

The metadata index itunes uses my be, but the songs are in aac.
The older ones may have DRM, of course, but that can be upgraded,
or broken, or worked around.

Kelly Clowers

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