Seems I currently have a fasination for things starting with little i's (iiNet, ideas, now iPod). That's right, now an iPod.
It's not my first iPod, my first was a 30G iPod Photo. It was great, I could listen to music, play games and read text (tho I never did read text ... ). But the problem was, it was too big and bulky, and in the end, it was annoying with other things in my pocket. Oh, and the screen was easy scratched, so it was a pain to read it at times, but you didn't have to most of the time. So for the last while, it had been delegated to just sitting around collecting dust (maybe ill play around with iPodLinux on it, one day).
The other day, however, i went and got my mum a 2nd generation iPod Shuffle for a birthday present. Was at home, setting it up with her favourite music, and decided I would order myself one. So I did, and it arrived today.
Now, when I was setting the first one up, i just plugged it in, and Linux detected it, and i could mount it. Seemed to have no partitions, so just mounted the device, and it worked fine. GTKPod had no problems setting it up and copying songs, and it seems to be working OK. When I got mine today, I decided to set it up via Windows (in a VMWare session), and see if it created a seperate partition (my original iPod did..). However, the installer did not create another partition, and the device still is just /dev/sdb in this case.
While this must be the way it works, it does make me wonder if we need at all to even do the Windows step, and just do what I did with the first under Linux. If anyone who has had a 2nd Gen. iPod Shuffle under Linux can comment on how they have their one set up, that would be great.