Connect an Apple iPod to an Ubuntu Linux PC?

I just want to be able to put songs on my Apple iPod from my Ubuntu Linux machine. Fortunately, for all of us end-users, the open source community started taking seriously the call to make multimedia a priority for application development. Getting an iPod recognized and connected to a Linux machine is only slightly more difficult than it is with iTunes.

Our environment

What we are working with is the following:

  • PC: 64-bit machine running 32-bit Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron
  • iPod: 5-gen 30 gig video iPod formatted in Windows format
  • Software: gtkpod-aac

Getting and installing gtkpod