I use Fedora 13 and very recently i brought a new Apple iPOD shuffle. I would like to know whether i can transfer music without using iTunes into my iPOD. I tried using gtkPOD and RhythmicBox, but thats is of no avail.
I'm not sure about state now but Apple is know for play of cat and mouse. You may find one day that update of software of iPod had broken its compatibly with Linux by completly redesigning its format.
Until one day someone reverse engeneer the new format and supplied patches for projects. It lasts as long as Apple would not decide to switch format again.
In short: iPod is not the best player for Linux enthusiast but when you have it you may be able to use it.
PS. Also Banshee have iPod support
Your IPod should work with gtkpod which uses the libgpod library, like almost every linux application.