iPod iPod doesn't play music in Windows

sjpetry

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Oct 28, 2004
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Hi everyone.

I update my iPod and iTunes yesterday on my Mac. When I later tried to use my ipod on a friends PC it said that I needed to reformat to Windows. Is there a way to get around this? Before it would always work without any troubles.:(
 

dwishbone

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Jul 24, 2002
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did you do a full restore on it? it sounds like you had a FAT formatted iPod and when you updated it to the new software you told it to reformat to an HFS iPod.
the solution...run the software restore from a PC and it will format it back to FAT. then hook it back to your mac and resync all your stuff
 

sjpetry

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Oct 28, 2004
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dwishbone said:
did you do a full restore on it? it sounds like you had a FAT formatted iPod and when you updated it to the new software you told it to reformat to an HFS iPod.
the solution...run the software restore from a PC and it will format it back to FAT. then hook it back to your mac and resync all your stuff
I reformatted it on my Mac. Like I always have.

If I restore it with a PC then I can't update it with my Mac, right?
 

dwishbone

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Jul 24, 2002
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yeah you can. the mac doesnt care what format it is...but windows does.
windows cant read HFS volumes but a mac can read FAT and HFS.
i used a FAT formatted iPod for along time so i could take files to and from my office computer and also to keep some tech utilities installed for helping diagnose ill windows machines.
i dont know how you could have been using a mac formatted iPod on windows unless the windows machine had a HFS enabler on it...like MacDrive or something like that. you just cant run software updates on it...but music syncing and stuff should work just fine.