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{{Article summary start}}
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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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{{Article summary end}}
  
There are different kinds of MP3-Players around.
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== Player types ==
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There are different kinds of portable audio players around:
  
====Players Accessible as usb-storage====
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=== Players accessible with native protocols ===
*creative
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*iRiver
**Creative MuVo
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**All iRiver players with "Manager Mode" firmware should follow the instructions here: [[IRiver_iFP_Audio_Players]]
***Note that with some (older) models of MuVo deleting settings.dat from the stick renders it useless, newer models don't 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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*Creative
*iriver
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**Creative players, probably all that do not support USB storage, should be supported by {{AUR|gnomad2}}, available in the [[Arch User Repository|AUR]].
**all iriver players with "Manager Mode" firmware need the [[ifp-line iRiver Manager]]
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*creative
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*Sony
**creative players, probably all that don't support usb-storage, should be supported by [http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=9899 gnomad2]
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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 is provided by the {{AUR|symphonic}} package, available in the [[Arch User Repository|AUR]].
  
==UUID Player Mounting==
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=== Players accessible as USB storage ===
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*Creative
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**Creative MuVo
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::{{Note|For some older MuVo models, deleting {{ic|settings.dat}} from the device renders it useless. Newer models do not have the file.}}
  
Mounting your mp3 player(in this example an ipod) is very easy. But without the "proper" set up, it can be problematic. The following setps can be used for any mp3 player or usb mass storage device.
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*iRiver
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**All iRiver players with "UMS Mode" firmware are recognized as USB storage
  
* Every drive creates a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UUID UUID] (Universally Unique Identifier), these identifiers can be used to track individual drive no matter their device node (ie '/dev/sda'). To find the current UUIDs execute the following command.
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*Cowon
<pre>
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**iAudio U2 MP3 player
  ls -lF /dev/disk/by-uuid/
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</pre>
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''' 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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* Now plug in your mp3 player to a usb port . . . wait for a few seconds . . .
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*NextCom
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**flash drive + MP3 player
  
* Now re-execute the previous command
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*MPIO
<pre>
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**MPIO HD300
ls -lF /dev/disk/by-uuid/
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</pre>
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''' Notice a new device and UUID? That's your mp3 player!'''
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* Copy or write down the new UUID. My UUID for my ipod looks like this: 6411-EF7E
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* Let's create an easy to remember directory listing for the device
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<pre>
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mkdir /media/ipod
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</pre>
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'''If you don't have an ipod, just rename the directory to something that you like (/media/mp3player)'''
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* Now it's time to roll up your sleeves and edit your /etc/fstab
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<pre>
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$EDITOR /etc/fstab
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</pre>
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* Now add this line to the bottom of your /etc/fstab
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<pre>
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/dev/disk/by-uuid/6411-EF7E /media/ipod vfat users,exec,noauto 0 0
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</pre>
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'''Remember the UUID in the above example will be different, so remember to change it. Also remember to change your directory.'''
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''Further questions can be answered with the man page for fstab''
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* Remove your device from the usb port . . . wait a second . . .
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* Reinsert your device
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* Mount with the following command
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== Accessing players ==
<pre>
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You should mount your player, identified as USB storage, to access its contents. There are multiple ways to do that:
mount /media/ipod
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</pre>
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'''Now no matter what, your device will always mount under the same directory!'''
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''Much (if not all) of this came from [http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/answers/Hardware/Linux_and_Apple_iPod LinuxQuestions.org]''
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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's the basics:
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See [[USB Storage Devices#Manual mounting]]
  
* Edit your /etc/udev/rules.d/00.rules
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=== Using udev ===
<pre>
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See [[Udev#Accessing iPod]]
## iPod
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BUS="scsi", SYSFS{model}="iPod*", NAME="ipod"
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</pre>
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Revision as of 23:03, 21 October 2012

Summary help replacing me
This article discusses plugging portable audio players (also sometimes called "MP3 players").
Related
USB_Storage_Devices

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 is provided by the symphonicAUR package, available in the AUR.

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. There are multiple ways to do that:

Manual mounting

See USB Storage Devices#Manual mounting

Using udev

See Udev#Accessing iPod