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iPod - Mac / Windows User!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by pnz999, Dec 3, 2002.

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    Has anyone try this procedure converting your Windows iPod into HFS+? or vise versa! Was it successful?

    This is a quote from Apple.com @ http://www.apple.com/ipod/faq.html

    "I have both a Mac and a PC. Will my iPod work on both?
    No, iPod is specially configured for either Mac or PC. iPod for Mac comes in the HFS+ file format which is optimized for performance and usability in Mac OS X and 9. iPod for Windows comes in the FAT32 file format which is optimized for performance and usability in Windows ME, 2000, and XP.

    If you purchased an iPod for Windows, you can easily reformat it to work on your Mac by downloading the iPod for Mac Software Updater on the Apple web site. Note that once it is reformatted, it will only work with Macs. You need Mac OS 9.2 or Mac OS X version 10.1 or later to reformat an iPod for Windows into an iPod for Mac.

    If you purchased iPod for Mac and would like to reformat it to work with a PC, you can download the iPod PC updater from the Apple web site. Before you reformat your iPod, make sure to back-up the contents because they will be erased during the reformatting process. Please visit http://www.musicmatch.com/ipodforwin.htm to download MUSICMATCH Jukebox 7.1 for iPod from the MUSICMATCH web site in order to manage and transfer your music to iPod.

    Reformatting your iPod for Mac to work with Windows is an unsupported operation.

    Using the iPod for Mac on a PC, or using the iPod for Windows on a Mac, is not supported by Apple."
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    MacBandit, so if I get a PC iPod from my friend, I could sync it to musicmatch, as well as, syncing it to iTunes in my new mac?

    BTW, MacBandit, Do you have the Mac or Windows version of the iPod?

    Thank You.

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    I have a PC version I can play with but it actually isn't mine. I'm just responsible for having it set up and working for demo use.

    You will not be able to synch it to a PC and a Mac both nor will you be able to synch it to a Mac and another Mac.

    The iPod when it synchs somehow prevents those songs from being used by any other computer. Yes, there are work arounds for one mac to another but I don't know of any for a mac to a pc.

    If you need to transfer files (I'm not telling you this so you can pirate.) you can simply drag and drop the files on to the iPod on your desktop on the Mac. This way you are simply transferring the music/files as data on a hard drive. You will not be able to access the music with the iPod if you do it this way though.

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