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I just bought an iPod, and when I turn it shows an image with the USB cable and iTunes. It wants me to plug it to a computer with iTunes? But I use Linux, what do I do?

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Go back to the Apple Store and ask them to activate the iPod for you. – user479 Feb 10 '11 at 22:33
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A few solutions, not all of them good:

  • If possible, update to iOS 5 (probably at the Apple Store) and don't use iTunes.
  • Find a friend with a Mac or a PC and get them to activate it.
  • Go to the Apple Store (as Randolph said) and ask them.
  • Run Windows in VirtualBox (or another VM solution), and use iTunes from there. (thanks, Fake Name)
  • Get sixty million of your best friends to switch to Linux and all complain at Apple for a Linux port of iTunes.
  • Run iTunes in Wine, if that's possible.
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I don't think it'll run in WINE. Too many dependencies on device drivers I think. – user479 Feb 11 '11 at 0:32
That's why it's after "get sixty million people to ask for iTunes on Linux" - it's less likely to happen. – CajunLuke Feb 11 '11 at 3:19
You forgot "Install Windows in a VirtualBox VM, install iTunes, Activate iPod". It's probably easiest. – Fake Name Feb 11 '11 at 4:04
That is a much better solution, thanks. – CajunLuke Feb 11 '11 at 4:23
I gone back to the store, thanks! Now I'll read about synchronization using Rhythmbox or iTunes with wine.. :) – Tom Brito Feb 11 '11 at 12:20

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