You can install (PCLinuxOS) GTKpod from the Repository - along with iPod-sharp, via Synaptic.
GTK interface to iPod
gtkpod is a platform independent GUI for Apple's iPod using GTK2. It allows
you to upload songs and playlists to your iPod. It supports ID3 tag editing,
multiple charsets for ID3 tags, detects duplicate songs, allows offline
modification of the database with later synchronisation, and more.
gtkpod allows you to
* Read your existing iTunesDB (i.e. import the existing contents of
* Add mp3 files to the iPod. You can choose the charset the ID3 tags
are encoded in from within gtkpod. The default is the charset
currently used by your locale setting.
* When adding songs, gtkpod detects duplicates (opt).
* Remove songs from the iPod.
* Create and modify playlists.
* Modify ID3 tags -- changes are also updated in the original file (opt)
* Write the updated iTunesDB and added songs to your iPod.
* Work offline and synchronize your new playlists / songs with the iPod
at a later time.
Library to control the Ipod database
ipod-sharp is a library that allows manipulation of the iTunesDB used
in Apple iPod devices. Currently it supports adding/removing songs
and manipulating playlists.
All quoted from "Description" in the lower panel of Synaptic installer/uninstaller.
Note that in Avidemux (free for Windows or Linux) - you can quickly convert clips to iPod (or PSP) format. Includes iPod, iPod 5.5G, and iPhone.
As an ex Windows technician (12 years of that...) who's been into Linux for about 11 years - I can agree with the "functions doubters" for the first few years of that! Things have improved hugely since about 2005, in the general changeover to almost all GUI (Graphical User Interface) for home PC users. That has accelerated further in the last 3 years or so... There's very little 'needed' from CLI (Command Line Interface) on PCs now - though the CLI is still instantly there for those who like its power and speed.
I do everything - and more - in Linux that friends do in Windows - and that includes RAW post-processing (most friends don't do that), graphics, music, video-editing, home movie and MPEG2 Video DVD creation, and a lot of Windows-related things friends assume I "wouldn't be able to do in Linux".
Most Linux Distros are now very good with hardware recognition - PCLinuxOS is superb - it's years since I've had to "find drivers" for anything. If devices aren't recognised and configured automatically - it's almost always a "quick config" few clicks in Control Centre.
Things such as Audio, Sound Cards, Speakers, are picked-up and "just work", and this system default-installs with drivers and setups for over 200 graphics cards.
I constantly work with things running simultaneously on 3-6 of the current 6 x Desktops I have available - you can have up to 20 - and if I need another Desky or two - just right-click on any Desktop, open 'Configure Desktop' - add some - and remove them just as instantly later.
When I have to use Windows at friends' places - or sort out system problems, do their reinstalls of Windows, so on - I suddenly "feel smothered" - how can anyone do "enough things at once" on just one Desktop - to get all of their work done?
Of course - with operating systems, as with cars - and cameras, so on - it's what the user gets used to, is most familiar with, and they like using, is best for them.
But the days when Linux was "limited" at PC level, or difficult to use - are long gone. Young kids use Linux happily - 3-4 years olds with TuxPaint and the many, many, fun and educational interactive things made - and newies all the time - for the youngies - at no cost to parents, can be quite an advantage to families in these tight-budgeting times.
As User Logons are completely separate in Linux, unlike User Profiles - kids can have their own Logons to set up, wallpaper, have all the programs they want, keep tidy - or mess up happily - without affecting the Parents', Family, or other kids', Logons.
One use for that might be - Parents like to have one of them around when younger kids are using the Internet... Fine - you can have a Parents / Family Logon (or separate ones for Mum and Dad, if they like to set-up differently) - and a Logon for each kid. The adults' Logons can have Internet - and none on the kids' ones. So the kids if home before parents - can safely use their Logons sans Internet. There is no way they can access the Logons with Internet without the separate Passwords to those.
There's other ways to control kids' Internet access - Dan's Guardian is one - with passwording limits - or time-access limits.
As Linux is a full simultaneous multi-user system, you can use a basic router to connect other - maybe kids' - PCs. Users at those other PCs can log-into their Logons on the main of family PC at any time, even while somebody is using that PC. So you can have several people logged-into and using that PC at once.
For the last 6 years I've been using PCLOS, I've run Cable Internet probably 15+ hours a day, 7 days a week (I'm on disability) - with cable modem and std hardware firewall router for other boxes - well over 25,000 hours - and I'm still waiting for my first Internet glitch or problem with this O/S... Nothing's perfect - but PCLOS seems to do rather well....