Sony NetMD on Ubuntu

Recently I ran across an issue with reusing a Sony Minidisc that I have had for years and have always maintained on Windows due to the proprietary software. Being said it was never something I was able to get to work correctly until recently when I stumbled upon the Linux Minidisc Project at

The project was started to get as much information on Sony NetMD/HiMD and making it work on Linux, Mac OS and BSD*. There is packages available for several Linux distributions as well as MacOS.

First add the ppa to your system
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:glaubitz/linux-minidisc

Update your repository
$ sudo apt-get update

Install the two packages available
$ sudo apt-get install python-netmd qhimdtransfer

If you have an HiMD device you are set and ready to start accessing your music on the player, but for me there is more to add. Since I have an older NetMD it will require gnetmd which can be found at . Download gnetmd-0.6.
$ tar -xvf gnetmd_0.6.1.orig.tar.gz
$ sudo apt-get install libqt4-dev build-essential libglib2.0-dev libmad0-dev libmcrypt-dev libsox-dev git-core libtag1-dev
$ cd gnetmd-0.6.1/
$ sudo apt-get install libusb-dev libgnomeui-dev
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install
$ gnome-netmd

Connect your netMD device and start copying music.

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