How To Sync Android Smartphones Using Linux

Tips for how to sync your Droid phone with your Linux PC using standard applications.

Interest levels in syncing 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) better known as copy protection. In that case, 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.

The 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.

Basic Ubuntu Sync

Ubuntu 10.4 ships with the Rhythmbox media player and totally supports disk-based syncing. It also includes the features you would expect in a modern 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, although you'll still have the DRM issue should those tunes carry that stigma.

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