3rd gen Ipod Shuffle Works w/Windows but not Mac? Wtf?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by berge92, May 10, 2011.

  1. berge92
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    macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2011
    just bought a used 3rd gen shuffle off ebay.
    tried it out on the macbook pro and itunes told me it was corrupt and to restore it. i did multiple times and it still failed. i even reformatted the ipod's hd to every different format and still nothing. then i just restored once more and STILL itunes deemed it corrupt. for the hell of it i walked over to the family windows computer and lo and behold it works fine. took it back to the mbp and still corrupt.

    i just want to know what is necessary to make the ipod work on the mac. i have heard of many cases of an ipod working with mac and not windows, but never the opposite. any help would be much appreciated.:)
  2. 42streetsdown
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    macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2011
    Gallifrey, 5124
  3. berge92
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    thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2011
    little more info here...
    after itunes restores the ipod i can go into disk utility and it shows that the ipod has been formatted to MS-DOS(FAT). i may be mistaken, but i was under the impression that FAT is the formatting for a windows ipod. that would explain why it works with the windows computer, but why in the world would my itunes for MAC format my ipod for WINDOWS? So confusing, and I still have yet to find any other discussions on this on the web.
  4. ShinyDren
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    Jun 25, 2010
    Ambitoysterous, USA
    FAT32 is the normal format for the iPod Shuffle (at least since the 2nd generation). This is so if you reserve part for use as an external drive it can be read by Mac/Windows/etc.

    I can not really help with the restore problems except for the obvious suggestions that you have probably done (latest iTunes, turn iPod off before connecting, etc).

    Good luck.

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