Connecting iPod To Computer Without iTunes !

Discussion in 'iPod' started by happychamp21, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. happychamp21 macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2006

    I was wondering if it is possible to connect the iPod to any WinXP computer, using usb cable, without having iTunes installed on the computer, and use iPod as USB Memory Key.

    As we use the usb memory keys to connect to any computer and they are detected and we use them to transfer the data. Is it possible that after enabling the HardDrive feature on iPod we can use it with any computer installed with winxp, connect it and copy any data files.

    Waiting for the replies.


  2. Labi macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2005
    Yes. Just make sure when you connect to different PC's they don't have iTunes runing. It can do bad things to your music. As an external drive it works everytime you connect it to any pc as long as the drive feature is enabled.
  3. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Go to the iPod preferences and select "Manually manage songs and playlists." I think will automatically enable disk use but if it doesn't, select that box too.

    Now, you'll lose your auto-sync capabilities (big deal, who cares) but now it doesn't matter if iTunes is on the PC or not, it will mount as a disk and you can use it as a disk without erasing your library.

    Piece of cake.
  4. Labi macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2005
    What if he conects it to another PC that has iTunes runing with the auto-sync feature enabled?
  5. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005

    Auto-sync is a function of the iPod, not iTunes. When you set an iPod to manually update, it stores that information on the iPod so that setting carries over to wherever you go. I use this setting to get music from my mates computers onto my iPod (yes, that's legal for iTMS purchases). All I do is plug in, the iPod mounts and away I go, you don't lose any music at all.

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