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Rhythmbox – A Tool to Sync Android Smartphones Using Linux

Interest levels in synchronize 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) also known as copy protection. For this purpose, 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.\r\nThe 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.\r\n\r\nBasic Ubuntu Sync\r\nUbuntu 10.4 ships with the Rhythmbox media player and totally supports disk-based synchronization. It also includes the features like media player including CD ripping, playlists, podcast downloading and support for Internet radio. Rhythmbox will play virtually any audio format as it’s based on the popular GStreamer media framework. It will even transfer music from an iPod, MTP, and USB Mass Storage music players.\r\n\r\n

Rhythmbox Visualization Image
Rhythmbox Visualization Image
\r\n\r\nRhythmbox is an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple’s iTunes.\r\n\r\nThe key features:\r\n

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  • Easy to use music browser
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  • Searching and sorting
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  • Comprehensive audio format support through GStreamer
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  • Internet Radio support including last.fm streams
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  • Playlists
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  • Display audio visualizations
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  • Display album art and song lyrics downloaded from the internet
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  • Automatically download audio podcasts
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  • Browse, preview, and download albums from Magnatune and Jamendo
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\r\nRhythmbox is bundled with many other distributions, If it’s not installed on your box you can download from their site.\r\n\r\nCo-Contributor: Paul