Ipods and Itunes - What are they all about?

Georgina Joyce r2gl at o2.co.uk
Mon Oct 26 12:19:01 EDT 2009

Hi All

Could someone explain in simple terms what Itunes and Ipods are all
about?  How different is it from using a standard mp3 player and putting
files into different directories?  Yes you can buy electronic copies of
music from itunes but will they only play on an Ipod?  Are there Ipods
that are accessible now?  Do these linux Ipod tools make storing and
choosing music easy?  I'm guessing Itunes and Ipods  don't handle in any
shape or form with vorbis ogg files?

In short, how accessible is an Ipod and Itunes from the linux platform
and what are the advantages over a standard mp3 player?

Many thanks.


four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:

    * The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
    * The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your
needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
    * The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor
(freedom 2).
    * The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements
to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access
to the source code is a precondition for this.

Richard Matthew Stallman

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