Ipod classic 2nd generation for windows on mac?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by jimmysummer, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. jimmysummer macrumors newbie

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    Hello everybody,

    I have just bought an Ipod classic 2nd generation for windows.
    It is a 2002 model.
    Although this is a windows version, can I use it with a mac?
    How can I do?
     
  2. Fralle macrumors 6502

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    Yes, you should be able to. Have you not tried? Macs can read windows format. But to make it more reliable you should format it to HFS instead of FAT ;)
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    That iPod is Firewire only (no USB or the later 30-pin connector)
    You can change it to a Mac version simply by restoring through iTunes on a Mac.
    You may need to find an older iTunes version that still supports the firewire connection. That support, I think, was dropped in iTunes 9 and later.
     
  4. Fralle macrumors 6502

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    I think its obvious its only FireWire ;)
    You are also so wrong about iTunes my friend. Jimmy, you just find a FireWire cable and connect to your Mac (with FW port). It works fine with all versions of iTunes!
     
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Your problem will be that the FireWire cable won't fit on your Mac as it's an old specification. I can't use my 3rd generation iPod with its included FireWire cable on my 2011 MacBook Pro for example.
     
  6. jimmysummer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you everybody for your answers.

    Everything is OK now. I manage to use it only with iTunes 7 on my iMac G4.
    iTunes 8 and more don't recognize the iPod and I don't manage to restore it with iTunes 6 and less.
     
  7. benjyhe macrumors newbie

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    Just wanted to confirm for anyone looking at this in the future you DO NOT need an old version of iTunes. I'm running iTunes 12.3 on El Capitan and a 2nd gen Windows formatted iPod was recognized in iTunes and I have the option to restore and even update it to a newer software version. For the record it's connected with a FW400->800(Harddrive)->FW800->Thunderbolt adapter in my iMac. So I'm pretty sure any cord combination you can come up with will work :)
     

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