Question About iPod Format

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Zwhaler, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. macrumors 603


    Jun 10, 2006
    Hi, I have a fourth generation iPod Photo (30 gig) that was originally formatted for windows around a year and a half ago, before I owned a Mac. Now that I have a Mac, I always sync my iPod's music with the iTunes library on my Mac. Whenever I plug it in, under summary it says it is formatted for windows. There are no compatibally issues, but I was just wondering what it takes to make it say it is formatted for Mac. Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2005
    The town without George Bailey
    You have to restore the iPod under mac, which will delete all of its contents. In iTunes 7, there's an option to "restore" the iPod on the iPod's main information page.

    You can also use the latest iPod updater application, which is somehwhere in your Utilities folder in your Applications folder. Updates to the iPod are now handled by iTunes 7.

    Just be aware that a mac formatted iPod cannot be used on a windows pc again without reformatting, while a windows formatted iPod can be synced with a mac without reformatting it.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Howard Brazee

    Oct 24, 2006
    Lafayette CO

    Using the iPod for Mac on a PC, or using the iPod for Windows on a Mac, is not supported by Apple. FAT32 is the format used by Windows, and while some FAT32 iPod models may work with your Mac, Apple only supports using the iPod shuffle in FAT32 format on Mac.

    I will probably give up the iPod shuffle when I get a Mac.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Aug 16, 2006
    Groningen, The Netherlands
    I have a third generation (firewire, dock, backlit keys) iPod 20GB, formatted under windows. I have plugged it into my mac and, as far as I can tell, it works fine.

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