changing ipod format from windows to mac???

Discussion in 'iPod' started by sjohnson4382, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2008
    I have an 80gb ipod and have always used it with windows. Well i just got a mac for christmas and have transferred all my music to my mac now. The only problem I think I have so far is that in the update section of itunes after my ipod is connected, it says that only Macintosh-formatted ipods can be updated. how can i fix this so I can continue to update my ipod?
  2. macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  3. macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2008
    i'm sure that when you format it for mac from windows it keeps all the music on it?

    if not then all the music is now on your mac right?
  4. macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    No. All music will be erased from the iPod. You have to make sure you have all the music on your computer which the OP does, before you format the iPod, if not, all will be lost.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2008
    "restore" will erase everything. Don't do it unless you have everything backed-up.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2008
    Much Like the said earlier restore it, I faced the same problem with my ipods when i got my mac but i restored them and now they work fine.
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2008
    SoCal ExPat
    Along these same lines, my PC was crashing hard and I copied all my iTunes music and apps to an external hard drive. I plan on buying a Mac here in January. Will the Apple store help me put all my music on the new Mac or will I have to figure this out for myself?

    Also, my girlfriend's computer crashed and she lost all her music. Is their any way to recover the music she bought on iTunes?
  8. macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Lancaster, NH
    I recently made the move from PC to Mac about a year ago. I ran into the same problem -- I had a Windows formatted iPod, and couldn't update the firmware on the device like iTunes wanted me to. I just reformatted the iPod, and it automatically changed the format to Macintosh.

    Formatting the iPod WILL make you lose any data on the iPod (music, movies, podcasts, pictures and the like), so make sure everything you want is backed up somewhere (e.g. your mac's iTunes program).

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