[ale] Accessing an MP3 player from Linux

Charles Shapiro hooterpincher at gmail.com
Tue Oct 28 10:35:36 EDT 2008

Beware that some more recent MP3 players are not in fact USB mass storage
devices but instead use a hideousity called "Media Transfer Protocol"
("MTP") ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_Transfer_Protocol ). This is
essentially a Windows Media protocol which is designed to facilitate the use
of DRM.  It's possible to get your linux box to work with this stuff ( see
for example http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/intrepid/man1/mtpfs.html ),
but it's a PITA and my recourse was to return the gizmo to the store and buy
a working one. Unfortunately the box often doesn't tell you this level of
information about the player.

-- CHS

2008/10/28 Jim Kinney <jim.kinney at gmail.com>

> I have found most mp3 players can be seen as just a usb thumb drive. Then I
> can drop song files into the folder usually labeled music and it just
> works.
> BTW: found a nice little player at Microcenter. 1GB styled like the ipod
> shuffle for a whopping $15. The 4G model is only $30. Both can also record
> using a built-in microphone.
> On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 2:17 AM, Tim Watts <timtw at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I've inherited an MP3 player and I'd like to be able to interact with it
>> from
>> my SuSE 10.2 laptop. It's a ZEN Vision:M from Creative. It has a USB
>> interface. Of course, the CD that comes with it has this clunky Windows
>> software as the only means of interacting with it.
>> Basically, I'd like to edit the playlists and use it as a source for
>> playing
>> MP3s thru my laptop. So either mounting it as a device and/or finding some
>> software to allow me to interact with it is what I'm looking for. Nothing
>> included on the SuSE distro that I can see.
>> Tried connecting to it via Amarok to no avail but it wanted a
>> pre-configured
>> device to start with. Not sure how to bring that about.
>> I know I could probably do some vmware thing to boot windows but that's a
>> hell
>> of a lot of software to load just to listen to music.
>> Anyone else deal with this or something similar?
>> Thanks in advance.
>> --
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