Connecting your MP3 Player

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This article discusses plugging portable audio players (also sometimes called "MP3 players").

Player types

There are different kinds of portable audio players around:

Players accessible with native protocols

  • Apple iPod
    • For Informations on the Apple iPod visit iPod
  • Creative
    • Creative players, probably all that do not support USB storage, should be supported by gnomad2AUR.
  • Sony
    • Sony Walkman MP3 players released prior to mid-2007 require Sony's proprietary "SonicStage" software to transfer files. Unfortunately, this software is only available for Windows. However, you are better off using the JSymphonic open source software anyway, as you will have more control over your player. JSymphonic is provided by symphonicAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror].

Players accessible as USB storage

  • Creative
    • Creative MuVo
Note: For some older MuVo models, deleting settings.dat from the device renders it useless. Newer models do not have the file.
  • iRiver
    • All iRiver players with "UMS Mode" firmware are recognized as USB storage
  • Cowon
    • iAudio U2 MP3 player
  • NextCom
    • flash drive + MP3 player
  • MPIO
    • MPIO HD300

Accessing players

You should mount your player, identified as USB storage, to access its contents. See USB storage devices for details.