Ipod Nano 3G won't work with OS X 10.3.9?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by BenOU02, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. BenOU02 macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2007
    Hi All,
    I purchased a 5.5G video a few months back and have been sucessfuly using it on my G4 OS X 10.3.9. I purchased my girlfriend a new nano today and gave it to her as an early X-mas gift. I plugged it into my computer and to my surprise, it told me that I needed OS X 10.4.8 or higher to use the iPod on my computer. After scaveging the website for updates, and being on hold for nearly an hour, a tec-specialist informed me that I need to purchase 10.4 or 10.5. Besides the obvious purchase of 10.4, or using my gf's twenty million year old laptop, is there any way around this? I realize operating systems become obsolete, but it just seems wierd that my 5.5 Generation worked fine but this nano doesn't. Thanks in advance.
  2. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    No, it will not work with any OS pre-10.4. I know someone who had to upgrade her ibook G4 to leopard (also involved new RAM and HD) just to use a new nano. I don't know any way around this.
  3. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    From Apple's iPod nano website:


    It's also on the back of the iPod's box.
  4. BenOU02 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2007
    Thanks Chundles, I appreciate ALL of your help. It never ceases to amaze me that there are people out there who feel all high and mighty sitting behind thier computer screen putting other people down. I'm not going to go any further with this seeing that this has probably been a topic discussed ad nauseum when the new Nanos were first released. Thanks QCassidy352 for your honest response.
  5. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    That sucks, This also has happened to my Cousin he just updated to panther and now he knows he can't get a new iPod unless he also has money to update. That's terrible that apple does that to consumers.

    Good Luck.
  6. davedecay macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2004
    In one respect it's terrible, but Tiger is how old now? I still run 10.3.9 on my home Mac G4, so newer iPods won't work with it at the moment. A 5.5 gen video, or 2nd gen nano, refurbished from Apple, would fit the bill if you don't need the "newest" gadgets.

    If the iPod is a gift, that's a tight situation. Either update to 10.4 or sell the iPod & get an older model.

    Keep in mind iPod sales drive OS and computer sales, which helps Apple's bottom line. When you think about it, companies like Apple need to ensure themselves revenue flow; they don't care if the end user has to pay more to enjoy the new goodies.
  7. BenOU02 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2007
    I do realize Tiger is a little old now. It has been working perfectly fine for me for the most part over the past few years. It was just a shock to have my 5.5 work great on it, only to have the new Nano not work at all. It just stinks that my original $199 gift has turned into a $300+ investment to upgrade the system. Now I know how my dad felt when we told him his new Quicken accounting software wouldn't run on Windows 95.

    I downloaded iTunes to my gf's laptop and after 1 1/2 hours finally got it installed. Now we are in the process of burning my entire music library to cd's and transfering them to her system. Will I be able to burn my converted .mp4 video files from Handbrake to cd-r's so she can have video as well?
  8. annabcd macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2007
    I'm in the same boat, and I have been going google crazy in search of an answer (something that doesn't require $- I already blew my savings on the ipod). Have you tried downloading a torrent. I'm not very computer/internet savvy, but I don't think the internet police will come knocking on your door if you are able to download a pirated/ripped version of 10.4.
  9. eRondeau macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    Canada's South Coast
    Remember, as far as Apple is concerned, the iPod and iTunes are a single unified "system". Buy a 3-year-old iPod and it'll work just fine with a 3-year-old computer. Buy a current iPod, expect it'll require a current operating system. :apple:
  10. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Hee hee hee, I love it.
  11. TimJim macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    They really don't need the OS to be 10.4, just iTunes to be up-to-date. But Apple can be mean sometimes :(
  12. #12
    Looks like I'll have to return the one I bought my daughter. What size type is that warning in?

  13. #13
    XP better that OS X?

    Well it turns out her Mum's XP machine will sync with the G3 iPod - so we'll have to go with that for now.

  14. davedecay macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Apple continues to woo PC users, allowing them to use a 5-year old OS with a 3rd gen iPod nano. Preference given to Windows from Apple? I guess they know what side their bread is buttered on.
  15. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Life has to move forward, the reason you require new OS's is because its difficult to keep writing software for old OS's as you can't use the new frameworks.

    I suggest you just network the computers and copy the files over.

    They have to support XP to avoid preventing 95% of PC users from being able to use the iPod. Only 10% of Mac users are still using Panther (10.3) at this stage.
  16. #16
    Too bad the marketers at Apple alienate long term customers. They should listen to what is being said. There is no technical reason - its just up-selling. IMHO its very disappointing for Apple. I should have bought something other than an iPod.

  17. Jules007 macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2008
    Really, really disappointed in Mac.
    I'm in the same boat here and it seems there are many others (that tiny 4pt type in grey on the back of the pack has got to be an infringement of consumer laws I'm sure).
    As a dedicated mac user both professionally as well as privately I just didn't think they'd be making new ipod's incompatible with a system still selling as new in some Mac stores just over two years ago.
    It's seems that PC's might be the best way to go if you don't want to outdated after two years... thanks Mac (we can tell you really value your users).
  18. nsbio macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    Yes, the reality is that iPods are supported better on PCs than on Macs. SJ knows what Mac users want and we have no say in it.
  19. davedecay macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2004
    I somehow doubt that most Mac users who buy an iPod that requires 10.4 will switch to Windows. Some, yes. Most? Come on!

    Once you go Mac... :D :apple:

    You can always buy a last-gen iPod and use it with 10.3.
  20. powermad80 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2008
    That really ****ing sucks

    :apple:+Mac OS X Panther+ipod nano3G=:(
  21. mjones3875 macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2008

    i have the same exact problem bud.. the only thing you can do is go to


    Backup to disc...and burn your library down to discs..(have alot) and this wont hurt the library.

    when done..just go to a newer computer with maybe tiger..or leapord andput the discs onto that library.

    sync the 3g nano with the itunes and get the songs you want.

    P.S. If you dont have alot of discs, then pick and choose wisely. :apple:

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