Compatibility issue with 3G iPod and old Mac computer

Discussion in 'iPod' started by mrbrown669, May 21, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2009
    I have a Mac computer: operating system OSX10.3.9 (emac G4.1.1)

    I just purchased a new 3G iPod Nano and tried to download my songs onto it, this would not work and I was told I needed an operating system OSX10.4.9 or newer.

    Is there a solution to this or do I need a new computer?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    Yeah, I dont think it'd work. You need at least a certain version of iTunes to sync the iPod with, otherwise that model won't be recognised, but 10.3, as you've stated, isn't supported by the new versions of iTunes and, as a result, you can't use your iPod with it. You'll have to get access to a computer with OS X 10.4 or 10.5, or Windows XP SP2 or later.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2007
    I think you could put 10.4 on your eMac. I have 10.4 on a 1 GHz iBook and it runs fine.
  4. macrumors 68040

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    I just put Leopard on the kids eMac and it's running fine.

    UNless of course you want to buy a new computer! LOL!!
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2010
    me too help!!

    Soemone said something about running mac osx 10.4 on their older mac. how do you do that? i am seriously considering buying a friggen PC!! ahhhh. luckily my brother was able to put some music on my ipod nano but i want to add more and i can't!
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2010
    oh and i checked out snow leopard osx 10.6 it says it wont be compatible with my computer bc i don't have an intel processor. i have OSX 10.3.9 Processor: 1.33 GHz Power PC G4 memory 256MB built in. if that helps?
  7. macrumors 68000


    Aug 17, 2009
    I was running the latest 10.5 just fine on a 1.2Ghz (modified) Cube, no problem. If you can get your hands on a DVD of Tiger or Leopard, you should have no problem getting it to run on an eMac. Tiger (10.4) is probably a better choice.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    Canada's South Coast
    Also you'll want to make sure your Mac has USB-2 ports. Not 100% certain but I don't think iTunes will sync an iPod using USB-1.1. I've got an iMac G3 that won't sync and also an old PowerMac (QS) that will sync just fine now that I added aftermarket USB-2 ports.

    Note however that if you were able to locate an older iPod (perhaps a FireWire iPod 2nd/3rd Generation) it would probably sync just fine on any Mac of its same vintage. :apple:
  9. macrumors 68000


    Aug 17, 2009
    Actually not a problem. My Cube had USB 1.1 and it was easily able to charge and sync a Touch (although the syncing was a bit doggy).

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