How Do I Sync Playlists in Rhythmbox?

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How Do I Sync Playlists in Rhythmbox?
Rhythmbox will sync to your music player after you adjust the settings. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Rhythmbox, the default music player for the Linux operating system, Ubuntu, operates much like Apple's iTunes. Because it's less familiar and not as well known as iTunes, however, users have a harder time making the program work with, and syncing playlists, to their device. With a little bit of tampering and by modifying the settings, you can condition Rhythmbox to work with any of your audio devices, including Apple players. Your playlists will sync automatically to the player every time.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Click "Places" and then "Home Folder" from the top menu bar in Ubuntu. Press "Ctrl+H" and click ".gconf" followed by "apps," "rhythmbox," "state" and "ipod." Delete the "%config.xml" file by right-clicking on it and selecting "Delete."

  2. 2

    Close the folder and launch Rhythmbox. This recreates the file. From now on, however, you can sync playlists to Apple software and see the synced music on the player.

  3. 3

    Connect the player or USB drive to the computer. Wait for the computer to recognise the device. The device name appears in the left column of Rhythmbox under "Devices."

  4. 4

    Right-click on the device name in the left side of Rhythmbox. Choose "Properties" and select the "Sync" tab. Insert a check mark next to any playlist you wish to sync. Those playlists will sync to the player automatically whenever you connect it to the computer and open Rhythmbox.

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