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Difference btw Mac and Windows ipods?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by tinydragon123, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. macrumors member

    Hey guys,

    I was wondering, is there a difference between a Mac formatted iPod and a Windows formattd iPod? Like is the Mac iPod more faster and responsive than the Windows one? Or is there no difference at all besides that that Mac iPod cannot be read by Windows?

    Thanks a lot,

  2. macrumors newbie

    Performance wise there is no difference
    Only thing is that Mac formatted can only be used with Mac's. Windows formatted can be used with both mac & windows.
  3. macrumors member

    Oh all right. Thanks candycane.
  4. macrumors P6



    After researching, I believe that if the iPod is windows formatted, it will not be able to work with ical and other mac programs. If anyone is able to correct me that would be appreciated for I too am still wondering the benefits of formatting for a mac.
  5. macrumors 68030


    a "windows" ipod is formatted as fat32 and cannot hold files larger than 2GB. afaik that's the only difference in the actual ipod.
  6. macrumors regular

    It's actually 4GB, which still sucks when you're trying to transfer large files. Since iPods are only officially supported on Windoze XP/2000 I don't know why they don't use NTFS and remove the file size limit.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Because Microsoft has not released details on how to write to an NTFS filesystem to the public. NTFS is supported under Linux and OS X as a read only file system.

    If I remember correctly, NTFS stores a cryptographic hash code for each file stored. As far as I am aware the algorithm for calculating this code has not been reverse engineered. These hash codes are used to verify the filesystem so without the ability to compute the appropriate hash code for a file it is not possible to write a file to NTFS without Windows compaining about the integrity of the file system being violated.
  8. macrumors member

    I haven't tried iCal but I tried address book on my iBook. My contacts synced with my windows formatted iPod, and I don't know if it's just me, but some of the pictures I have in my contacts turned out fuzzy at the bottom.
  9. macrumors newbie

    so if I have an iPod that I use with a windows machine, and I buy a mac, what do I have to do?
  10. macrumors 65816


    Well you don't have to do anything. You can just leave it synced to your Windows PC if you would like.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    If you want to continue using the iPod with the windows machine and the mac then you do nothing and it will continue to work.

    If you want to change the iPod so that it is formated using the HFS+ (Mac) filesystem then you use the iPod Update utility on the Mac to reformat the iPod. Reformating the iPod will wipe all music and files off the iPod so you need to ensure that you have all of your music stored on one of the computers.

    Formating the iPod using HFS+ means that you will not be able to use the iPod with Windows. (Unless you buy a third party HFS+ driver for windows such as MacDrive or MacOpener.)
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  13. macrumors G3



    Acutally, one of the new features of Tiger was finally being able to read AND WRITE to NTFS volumes...
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Got an offical link mentioning this?

    All I've been able to find is discussions of accessing an NTFS partition remotely (which is really accessing it via smb and relying on Windows to access the actual NTFS filesystem).

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