"Interest levels in syncing music collections have notched up a
bit of late with the introduction of a plethora of new
Android-based super phones. That is, unless you happen to be one of
those owners with a large quantity of digital music encumbered by
digital rights management (DRM) better known as copy protection. In
that case, you might want to do some research into converting said
digital files into a more portable format. Meanwhile, for the rest,
with media ready to load up on a new cool phone, we'll take a look
at Linux options.
"The good news is that Linux has supported the multitude of
"dumb" MP3 players since they first started showing up on the
market. These devices simply look like an attached USB disk when
you plug them in. Android phones use this approach of making their
internal storage accessible to your desktop or laptop. Option two
for many owners is to remove the internal micro-SD card and sync
your files directly by using a SD card reader. While this isn't a
bad option, it often involves removing batteries or at least the
battery cover, which is not the simplest task in some cases.
"Basic Ubuntu Sync
"Ubuntu 10.4 ships with the Rhythmbox media player and totally
supports disk-based syncing. It also includes the features you
would expect in a modern media player including CD ripping,
playlists, podcast downloading and support for Internet radio"