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How To Install iTunes in Ubuntu

How To Install iTunes in Ubuntu

This guide will teach you how to install iTunes in Ubuntu using the Wine emulator (Wine allows you to run many windows programs in Linux/Ubuntu). This is the easiest way to get iTunes in Ubuntu however it does have some restrictions for example you can’t “Sync to iPod” however almost everything else should function normally. So lets get started with installing iTunes in Ubuntu.

First lets start by installing Wine, you have a few options on how to accomplish this but lets go with one of the easiest two for now. My preferred method for installing software is to do it directly from the Terminal, you can do this by simply opening up a new Terminal and typing the following command.

Sudo apt-get install wine

The other method for installation is simply go to the Ubuntu Software Center and do a search for Wine, it will also install some dependencies. I highly recommend also installing MS Core Fonts but that is entirely up to you.

Now that you have Wine installed lets install iTunes on Ubuntu. Simply download iTunes from Apple and then go to your downloads folder and right click the installer, and go to permissions. Check the box allowing it to be executed and hit ok, the alternative option is to go into Terminal and CD to that directory and simply run “chmod 777+x *.exe” which will make all exe files executable.

All you have to do now is either double click the installer or right click and launch it like you would in Windows and it should install iTunes on Ubuntu.

I hope this tutorial helped you all, many more to come soon =)

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13 Responses to “How To Install iTunes in Ubuntu”

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    Hey I followed all your directions and got iTunes downloaded and installed on my system. But iTunes doesn’t see my iPhone. Any suggestions?

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      I think this is a common issue and I haven’t heard of any fixes for it. This is mostly just to play music/videos on iTunes.

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    When you say, “Sync to iPod”
    do you mean in general including Syncing with Iphones?
    If not possible, Then that’s a Big limitation

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      Yes that is what I mean and it is a huge limitation, there were applications out a while back that let me sync music to my iPod but this was years ago and now I own a droid so I am not sure what to recommend. I am sure there are still applications out there that allow you to do this, what I used to use was called GTKpod and can be found here

      Wine isn’t a miracle worker and can’t run everything perfectly although improvements are always being made, the best thing I can recommend for you is to find a different application for syncing or use Windows/Mac for your iPhone. I am not sure but I believe Amarok (KDE4) also has this capability although it might of just been ripping music?

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    Do you know if Home Sharing works?
    Do you know if streaming from ITunes running on Lion to ITunes running on Precise Pangolin is possible

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      I honestly wouldn’t know but considering you can’t even sync your iPod/iTouch with iTunes on Linux I would assume its not possible to do something like that either. Then again I could be wrong since I am still learning myself.

      I personally don’t really use iTunes, I use Amarok/Android not iTunes/iTouch/iPhone so I am the wrong person to ask about iTunes, maybe another guest could tell you better. I also have very little experience with Macs, I just can’t afford one to learn on and virtualization just lags far to much to bother with for me. (Tried everything from pre-made images to trying to do it myself)

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    Hi I have tryed these steps and get nothing, it says file not found


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