Mac Formatted Ipod To PC

Discussion in 'iPod' started by JT., Dec 3, 2005.

  1. JT. macrumors newbie

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    I need some help. My uncle has lent me his ipod mini so I can get the music I like off it and put it on my computer, the problem is that the ipod is formatted for a mac and I use a PC. Is there any way I can get the music off the ipod and onto my computer? Obviously reformatting the ipod for a PC will mean I lose all the songs and then my uncle won't be able to put the music back on it for me anyway because he uses a mac.

    is it possible?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I imagine MacDrive could work but it wouldn't be worth the US$50 to find out. :eek:

    I'm not sure this is possible. Could you format it for Windows and then send it back to him to re-sync it with his library (it'll work fine) and then get it back on your PC? :)
     
  3. JT. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've only got the ipod for the weekend and don't really want to spend US$50 just to get music off the thing.

    Any other ideas?
     
  4. cvalda macrumors member

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    You're going to need a program to do it, I think. Try www.downloads.com as they have plenty iPod/iTunes programs.

    I was told by the Mac Geniuses at the store that if the iPod is formatted to Fat32, it should sync fine with both PCs and Macs. Totally wrong. Totally, totally wrong.
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    My FAT32 iPod works seamlessly with my Mac and my PC. :confused:

    The PC formatted iPod is the FAT32 one and the iPod in question here is a Mac-formatted one AFAIK. :(
     
  6. rustyhoge macrumors newbie

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  7. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    I hate to say this, but I have to remind you that owning music you have not purchased is illegal. If you do not have the originals, you are potentially breaking the law. Just a warning.

    This always poses the problem though, Windows formatted discs read fine on Macs, but Mac formatted are more problematic under Windows. Microsoft, is it too much to ask you to swallow your pride and support HFS/HFS+?
     
  8. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    rustyhoge, nice quote in your sig:D
    I used it awhile back for one of my carieer project reports.
     
  9. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Totally right. Fat32 can be read and written by PC and Mac. I'm doing it right now.
     

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