Yesterday I finally switched from my sweety old iPhone 3G to a more nerd-oriented smartphone: the (almost) new Samsung Galaxy S2.
Compared to IOS I found Android more complete…at first sight I found Android better because without tweaks I can:
- delete iTunes 🙂
- use the device external drive
- use Blueetooth for everything (file transfer among others)
- download files
- use it as modem/hotspot wifi
- [other things to add]
The bad thing for us poor Linux users is that the device doesn’t seem to to work out of the box with Banshee, so I decided to write an article that I’ll update every time I found some useful way to use it on Ubuntu.
Let’s start with…
Use Banshee/ Rhythmbox
Tested with: Android 2.3.3 stock Samsung, Ubuntu 11.04
First thing to do is enabling USB debugging: go to Settings –> Applications –> Development –> Allow USB debugging, then connect to PC.
Second step: go the notification menu, click on the USB entry, then push the “Connect USB storage”: the phone will be mounted as an external device.
So the last step is create a file called “.is_audio_player” (without double quotes, but with the dot before the name) and put this content on it:
audio_folders=media/ folder_depth=2 output_formats=audio/mpeg,audio/mp3,application/ogg
“media” is where my MP3 collection is stored, your may vary.
Ok we did it! Now just launch Banshee / Rhythmbox and your device will be read without any problems! Also you can sync just like other devices 🙂
Original article here.