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Make Banshee Recognize Your Mass Storage Device As A DAP

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I have this cool phone, music phone, from Nokia. It goes by the name N91. It’s a great phone. 4 gigs of Memory, on a HDD, and arround 5 MB internal phone memory (even though the HDD isn’t detachable 🙂 ). Every time that I want to add new music to it I have to do it manually. Connect the phone to the computer, use Nautilus to transfer songs, if they are Ogg manually convert them to MP3 and so on…

As Banshee is the player I use, which has great DAP support, I wanted it to see my phone as a DAP (well it should, it’s a music phone). There were two ways:

  1. Teach HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) that the phone is a DAP; very hard — humans are smarter: so is Banshee
  2. Create a .is_audio_player file inside the root directory of the Mass Storage Device — my phone.

Then you need to add a few lines into the file:

audio_folders=My Music/

Now you can start Banshee and sync up the phone. Great!

P.S. This works with the newest Rhythmbox too!


Written by Act1v8

October 7, 2007 at 4:46 pm

Posted in banshee, gnome, linux, nokia

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  1. […] to pick up quite some slack, especially on the Inkscape tutorial for The Perfect Triangle and banshee.is_audio_player. I am all ecstatic about that, however I am going to have to say that this blog has been […]

  2. Hello,

    Could you please let me know the of your Nokia N91 in usb mass storage mode so I can add this definition to media-player-info and it won’t be needed anymore to write an .is_audio_player file ?

    Is it 0421:0444 ?



    November 7, 2010 at 10:15 am

  3. Yep, this is also useful for a new kindle or new devices. I just updated my kindle with this for the music folder and it works perfectly. Thanks!

    Jon Phillips

    November 29, 2010 at 1:38 am

  4. For the record…this trick does still work with Banshee. I use it with my Droid Bionic in MTP mode. Works great. I previously just used a blank file, but it would try to transcode everything to MP3. The codec part above was what I had been missing.



    September 11, 2011 at 5:05 am

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