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There are different kinds of MP3-Players around.
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{{Article summary text|This article discusses plugging portable audio players (also sometimes called "MP3 players").}}
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{{Article summary heading|Related}}
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{{Article summary wiki|USB_Storage_Devices}}
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==Players Accessible as usb-storage==
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== Player types ==
*Creative
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There are different kinds of portable audio players around:
**Creative MuVo
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***Note that with some (older) models of MuVo deleting {{Filename|settings.dat}} from the stick renders it useless. Newer models do not have the file.
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*iRiver
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**All iRiver players with "UMS Mode" firmware are recognized as usb-storage
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*Cowon
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**iAudio U2 MP3 Player
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*NextCom
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**flash drive + mp3-player
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*MPIO
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**MPIO HD300
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==Players Accessible With Native Protocols==
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=== Players Accessible With Native Protocols ===
 
*iRiver
 
*iRiver
 
**all iRiver players with "Manager Mode" firmware need the [[ifp-line iRiver Manager]]
 
**all iRiver players with "Manager Mode" firmware need the [[ifp-line iRiver Manager]]
  
 
*Creative
 
*Creative
**Creative players, probably all that do not support usb-storage, should be supported by [http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=9899 gnomad2]
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**Creative players, probably all that do not support usb-storage, should be supported by {{AUR|gnomad2}}, available in the [[AUR]].
  
 
*Sony
 
*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 [http://symphonic.sourceforge.net/page.php?4 JSymphonic] open source software anyway, as you will have more control over your player. JSymphonic is available in the [http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=21374 AUR].
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**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 [http://symphonic.sourceforge.net/page.php?4 JSymphonic] open source software anyway, as you will have more control over your player. JSymphonic can be installed with package {{AUR|symphonic}} form [[AUR]].
  
==UUID Player Mounting==
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=== Players Accessible as usb-storage ===
Mounting your mp3 player (in this example an iPod) is very easy. But without the "proper" set up, it can be problematic. The following steps can be used for any mp3 player or USB mass storage device.
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*Creative
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**Creative MuVo
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***Note that with some (older) models of MuVo deleting {{Filename|settings.dat}} from the stick renders it useless. Newer models do not have the file.
  
* Every drive creates a [[Wikipedia:UUID|UUID]] (Universally Unique Identifier), these identifiers can be used to track individual drive no matter their device node (ie {{filename|/dev/sda}}).
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*iRiver
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**All iRiver players with "UMS Mode" firmware are recognized as usb-storage
  
To find the current UUIDs execute:
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*Cowon
# blkid
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**iAudio U2 MP3 Player
  
''' At this point you should see a list of your system drives and a long strings of characters. These long strings are the UUIDs.'''
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*NextCom
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**flash drive + mp3-player
  
* Now plug in your mp3 player to a USB port and wait for a few seconds.
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*MPIO
 
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**MPIO HD300
* Reexecute '''blkid'''
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''' Notice a new device and UUID? That is your mp3 player!'''
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* The player likely has a label. If not use the device node path. Execute '''as superuser''':
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# blkid | grep YOURLABEL >> /etc/fstab
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* Now create an easy to remember directory listing for the device:
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# mkdir /media/ipod
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''If you do not have an iPod or have Your drives somewhere else, just rename the directory to something that you like. ({{filename|/mnt/mp3player}})''
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* And now edit the last line in {{filename|/etc/fstab}} from something like:
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/dev/sdd: LABEL="Ipod" UUID="E8F1-5438" TYPE="vfat"
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to
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UUID=E8F1-5438  /media/ipod  vfat  user,noauto,noexec  0 0
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''Further questions can be answered with the man page for fstab.''
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''The author does not own any Idevices, so the Label could be wrong.''
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* Remove your device from the USB port and wait a second.
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* Reinsert your device
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* Mount with the following command
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# mount /media/ipod
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'''Now no matter what, your device will always mount under the same directory!'''
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etc.
  
===Alternative way===
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== Accessing players ==
If 'blkid' does not work as expected, You can look for the UUIDs in {{filename|/dev/disk/by-uuid/}}.
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You should mount your player, identified as usb-storage, to access it's contents. There are multiple ways to do that:
# ls -lF /dev/disk/by-uuid/
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==udev Player Mounting==
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=== Manual mounting ===
''Alternatively you can use [[udev]] to do the same thing. I have not tried this yet (the above works fine for me), but here is the basics:
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See [[USB Storage Devices#Manual mounting|USB Storage Devices:Manual mounting]]
  
* Edit your {{filename|/etc/udev/rules.d/00.rules}}
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=== Using [[udev]] ===
## iPod
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See [[Udev#Accessing iPod|Udev:Accessing iPod]]
BUS="scsi", SYSFS{model}="iPod*", NAME="ipod"
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Player types

There are different kinds of portable audio players around:

Players Accessible With Native Protocols

  • Creative
    • Creative players, probably all that do not support usb-storage, should be supported by gnomad2AUR, available in the AUR.
  • 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 can be installed with package symphonicAUR form AUR.

Players Accessible as usb-storage

  • Creative
    • Creative MuVo
      • Note that with some (older) models of MuVo deleting Template:Filename from the stick 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

etc.

Accessing players

You should mount your player, identified as usb-storage, to access it's contents. There are multiple ways to do that:

Manual mounting

See USB Storage Devices:Manual mounting

Using udev

See Udev:Accessing iPod