As I’m sure my wife will tell you, I’m not one to settle with anything. I have used iTunes since before Apple released a Windows version. So not only do I have a matter of pride to make iTunes work on Linux, but I have a significant investment in DRM coded music to protect. The alternative being burn all that music CD, rip and then reapply the ID3 tags. (not exactly my idea of a fun weekend)
As of the writing of this post iTunes 8.01 is the current version. My goal will, of course, be to run the latest version of iTunes on Linux.
I have started round one of Jeff vs iTunes using Crossover Office and my now, very workable Fedora 9 install. I built a custom Windows XP (templated) bottle to hold the iTunes install – and really, I hoped that it would just work. After the time it took to get WoW working, I was really hoping for a quick win… but NOOOOO… iTunes spent about 20 minutes churning it’s wheels, with no results.
Finally, the installer finished – and in no uncertain terms told me that it would not install. I’m going to call it a night (still elated about getting WoW to work). Tomorrow I will try a few other options with iTunes. (be warned, I may cheat a little). For the record, Round 1 goes to iTunes.