gtkpod: a better alternative than iTunes

I have recently been inundated with questions about using an iPod (or iPhone) with Linux. I have written about Rockbox and how to “Open Source” your iPod, but for the average user that is not a viable option (Firmware? Do what????). So instead I am going to introduce those of you who do not know to an application that, in my opinion, is much better than the original (the original being iTunes.)

Gtkpod is a GTK application that allows the user to sync their iPod with Linux. Gtkpod supports first through fifth generation iPods and does, pretty much, everything iTunes does. So let’s first take a look at the features. Gtkpod can: