Migration to Linux: iPod

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Since there's no way to sync iPods with a Linux-Music-Library, the original OS had to go! :-D


dd if=mbr-nano2gb.bin of=/dev/sde
  • Check partition table
HeikosL15:~/Downloads # fdisk /dev/sde

Welcome to fdisk (util-linux 2.39.2).
Changes will remain in memory only, until you decide to write them.
Be careful before using the write command.

Command (m for help): p
Disk /dev/sde: 1.89 GiB, 2030043136 bytes, 991232 sectors
Disk model: iPod            
Units: sectors of 1 * 2048 = 2048 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 2048 bytes / 2048 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 2048 bytes / 2048 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device     Boot  Start     End Sectors   Size Id Type
/dev/sde1           63  160649  160587 313.6M  0 Empty
/dev/sde2       160656 3984119 3823464   7.3G  b W95 FAT32

Command (m for help): q

HeikosL15:~/Downloads #
  • Create file system
HeikosL15:~/Downloads # mkfs -t vfat /dev/sde2
mkfs.fat 4.2 (2021-01-31)
HeikosL15:~/Downloads #
  • Install bootloader
HeikosL15:~/Downloads # ./ipodpatcher
ipodpatcher 5.0 with v4.0 bootloaders (v1.0 for 2nd Gen Nano)
(C) Dave Chapman 2006-2009
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO

[INFO] Scanning disk devices...
[INFO] Read XML info (6196 bytes)
[INFO] Ipod found - 2nd Generation Nano ("winpod") - /dev/sde
[INFO] Reading partition table from /dev/sde
[INFO] Sector size is 2048 bytes
[INFO] Part    Start Sector    End Sector   Size (MB)   Type
[INFO]    0              63        160649       313.6   Empty (0x00)
[INFO]    1          160656       3984119      7467.7   W95 FAT32 (0x0b)
[INFO] Read XML info (6196 bytes)
[INFO] Ipod model: 2nd Generation Nano (32MB RAM) ("winpod")
Enter i to install the Rockbox bootloader, u to uninstall
 or c to cancel and do nothing (i/u/c) :i
[INFO] Using internal bootloader - 54336 bytes
[INFO] Padding input file from 0x0000d440 to 0x0000d800 bytes
[INFO]  Wrote 55296 bytes to firmware partition
[INFO] Bootloader installed successfully.
Press ENTER to exit ipodpatcher :
HeikosL15:~/Downloads #
  • Now you can start

rbutil and install the Rockbox-Application and add-ons. Note: Don't install the bootloader! You already did this!