Ipod question...good news, or bad?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by ForrestGump, May 9, 2007.

  1. ForrestGump macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2004

    I finally talked a friend into buying a macbook. She will be ordering it this week, and will help her out when it arrives.

    She currently has a ipod nano for her Windoze computer. Will her Windows formatted ipod work on her new laptop, or will she have to buy a new nano?

    Anyone else gone through this? I don't want her first Mac experience to be a frustrating (incompatible) one.

    Thanks in advance :)
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    It will work fine, she won't even have to re-format it, Macs can understand Windoze format drives...

    If she wants to re-format it to Mac-style, she can do so in Disk Utility :)
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Have a look at this support article and some of the links contained therein.

    A Windows-formatted iPod can be used with both Windows and OS X. However, any software updates to the iPod must be applied through a Windows machine. You can reformat a Windows-formatted iPod to Mac format as well, which is advisable if she plans to solely use the MacBook and wants to update the iPod software through it when necessary.
  4. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    it own t be a problem at all, you will just have to format her nano to mac, just remember to get the music tahst currently in the nano into the new macbook first , you can use senuti it works great and you can just download it for free. then all you gotta do is press restore ipod in iTunes and upload the new library(which will be the same anywyas ) and from then on she'll just use her macbook to sync her ipod...pm me if you have nay questions i ve gone through this three times now. but it snot complicated at all...by the way you dont have to restore you iPod into mac os x format but i would recommend you to do so, so tha you cna get updates on it and stuff..
  5. ForrestGump thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2004

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