Originally Posted by CZ Eddie
I'm a Windows user who has dabbled with Linux occasionally.
I sold my iPhone and now have a Samsung Galaxy SII (skyrocket) Android phone.
Freakin love the phone & Android. You have to mess with it a little more (vs. iphone) but the rewards just blow away whatever abilities I got with iLooser.
Anyways, I never liked iTunes. What is some good software to run on a Linux (or Windows) box that can synch my MP3's with my Android phone? Winamp? That's been around forever.
Also, what's a good, inexpensive way to build up my MP3 library on the cheap without stealing (kazaa, etc)?
I was thinking about buying bulk CD's on eBay, ripping & flipping them. I'd only lose about 10-25% per transation (shipping, fee's, etc). Is there any easier way?
I'm trying to get my head more into Linux these days (heck, I support vmware at work so I probably should
) so you'll likely be seeing me spamming the board now and then with questions from now on.
I would suggest Rhythmbox
first, as it will be the default (again) on Ubuntu 12.04. Banshee was used the last two Ubuntu releases. Banshee uses Mono, an IP-tainted spawn of MS.http://projects.gnome.org/rhythmbox/
Top alternative picks:Exailehttp://www.exaile.org/Clementine
- a well regarded "fork" of Amarok 1.4http://www.clementine-player.org/gMusicbrowser
(well regarded and my current iTunes-like player)http://gmusicbrowser.org/Nightinggalehttp://getnightingale.com/Amarok
(Current 2.x series has a lot of detractors) (KDE/Qt centric, but should work fine in Gnome/Xfce/LXDe/etc)http://amarok.kde.org/aTuneshttp://www.atunes.org/?page_id=6Foobnix
, a Linux Foobar2000 equivalenthttp://www.foobnix.com/?page=news&lang=eng
or use Foobar2000
Other foobar2K class alternatives:Aqualunghttp://aqualung.factorial.hu/quodlibethttp://code.google.com/p/quodlibet/DeadBeefhttp://lubuntu.net/blog/lubuntu-screencast-deadbeefhttp://deadbeef.sourceforge.net/
Lots of other alternativeshttp://alternativeto.net/software/itunes/http://www.simplehelp.net/2007/07/08...ipod/#more-317http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-linux...lace-songbird/http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-great...music-players/http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20...icPlayers.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compari..._iPod_managers
For basic music/playlist playback with a retro Winamp 2.x interface, I like qmmphttp://qmmp.ylsoftware.com/index_en.php
re: syncing with an Android device
You shouldn't need a music app to do any "official" syncing- Android devices I've used simply appear as a storage device to computers they are connected to. Just drag/drop folders of albums over tot he Android phone/tablet/etc. I assume the Android device would be seen by the "manager" apps like Rhythmbox, Exaile, Clementine, Amarok, etc, as any other local hard drive, so you should be able to move/copy/delete/sync files on the Android device from one of those apps.
The best ways to build a quality music collection (sound quality, i.e. lossless sources, basically CD's- can't account for anyone's music tastes
Buy used CD's from independent music/used media stores. Indie stores that specialize in used video games often do the used DVD/CD/BluRay disc market. Indie mom & pop music/CD stores or indie DVD stores are great sources. Go to the artsy-fartsy part of a large town/metro area and there are plenty of indie music/video stores.
Buy used from ebay, craigslist. If you purchase by the lot, the cost per disc will be lower.
Buy locally from garage/yard/estate sales. The going rate in my recent experience has been $1-$2 max per disc, or less. I just picked up 70+ audiophile grade CD's (audiophile-recognized labels and recordings) of jazz, soundtracks, classical, etc during the fall garage sale season in my area. Averaged $1 a disc or so. Some were boxed sets/multi disc sets!
Buy/borrow from family, friends, coworkers.
Borrow CDs from your local library- most major metro areas have vast collections of original Cd's in their possession, paid by your tax dollars.