How to make your thumb drive to appear as a portable music player in Banshee or Rhythmbox

Thumb drives are great replacement for CDs and cassette tapes for playing music in your car while driving. Now most of the car audio players comes with audio playing from a thumb drive. You can actively add music to your liking into the thumb drive or replace them with other music tracks.

In Ubuntu Linux we are spoilt for choices of many good music management and player softwares (Banshee, Rhythmbox, Amorok, Exaile, etc ...). If we plug in any portable audio player, these softwares will immediately recognize them and allow music management to the portable audio player.

You can transfer music into it, import from it, deleting music tracks and perform a sync with a playlist.

Wouldn't it be great if you can manage the music tracks in your thumb drive with the softwares. It would be better than going through all those folders in nautilus and transferring them. But if you plug in a thumb drive, these softwares will not recognize them.

There is a workaround to make the thumb drive to appear as a portable audio player to these softwares.
To do that, create a file ".is_audio_player" in the root path of the thumb drive.


After creating the file, your music management software will now recognize the thumb drive as a portable audio player. Now you can manage the music in the thumb drive and play it in your car audio player.

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