New iPod nano that I can't use. I have mac os x 10.4.11 and I need 10.5.8

Discussion in 'iMac' started by musiclindsey, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2012
    Ok, so for my birthday my mom got me the new iPod nano. She didn't know that I could not use it because our iMac has os x 10.4.11 and it requires os x 10.5.8 or later. I haven't been able to use my birthday present for almost a year now and I don't know what to do. I've looked at many reviews and such from customers trying to get help, but I just don't understand what I need to buy. I don't want to waste my money by getting the wrong thing. My processor is a 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. I have 1 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory. My iTunes version is 9.2. and I really need some help so I don't get the wrong thing and so I can actually use my iPod.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    If you have a Core 2 Duo iMac then you can install OS X 10.5 Leopard, or OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (and then the later versions of iTunes are free downloads).

    You can find copies of 10.5 or 10.6 available from several resellers (don't pay some of the outrageous prices listed on amazon - Apple might even be able to sell you a copy if you phone them up). Alternatively you can look on ebay - there are a few on there for about $25-30 which is around the original cost of the software.

    Then you'll be able to enjoy your new Nano!

    Here's one, for example:

    But you can get by with either 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2012
    Thank you. I really did not want to pay some of apple's prices. So all I have to do is buy a Leopard? and that will just be a dvd that I put in my computer and it will set up all by itself?
  4. macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level

    I would reccomend SL over Leopard though. You don't need to get Leopard to upgrade to Snow Leopard. You can go from Tiger to SL
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2012
    Do you know which one is cheaper to buy?
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    Since they're not actively sold by Apple any more, that is hard to answer.

    The copy of Snow Leopard (10.6) I linked above on ebay is currently $30. I would expect to pay about that much for either one, with 10.6 being the better choice.

    Apple will probably sell you a copy for the original cost (about $29) if you contact them directly with your problem. They might even ship you a copy for free since you bought a new iPod Nano and can't use it currently.

    It will be a DVD that you put in your iMac and run. It will then walk you through the upgrade process.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2012
    Ok thanks, I'll call them and see what they can do. I'll definitely get Snow Leopard because it seems better. If I get SL will it make my mac run faster or slower?
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2010
    Depends, for me it was a little bit slower then Leopard on my 2006 MBP, but it was similar to Tiger. Good luck :)
  9. macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2012
    Apple is still selling Snow Leopard, because the last version provides the Mac App Store and you need the App Store to upgrade to Lion or Mountain Lion:

    "If you’re running OS X Leopard and would like to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion, first you’ll need to upgrade to OS X Snow Leopard. You can purchase OS X Snow Leopard for $19.99 by calling 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753)."

    You should be able to get Snow Leopard direct from Apple, even though you're not running Leopard on your system.

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