iPod touch readable on Windows

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by D4rkShaDoWz, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. D4rkShaDoWz macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Does this make sense? I have a iPod touch formated for Mac OSX. When I boot into Windows via Boot Camp, iTunes recognizes and lets me add songs to the touch! I heard that it's either one way or the other with iPods.. is this right?
  2. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

    Dec 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    I know! Ha! I didn't think you could do that, until a couple of days ago.
    I think its 'cos it doesn't have "Disk Mode".
  3. TP-Eric macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    It's nothing to do with disk mode. Disk mode is just a way to mount the device in your OS as a removable storage volume. It's that OS X formats the iPod differently than Windows. Windows uses FAT32, while OS X uses HFS+. This applies to everything but the iPhone and Touch however; I don't know whether the format is different for those two because neither device was ever intended to be read directly by either Windows or OS X; they run a stripped-down version of OS X (which is based on BSD) which uses the HFS+ filesystem internally.
  4. Diwata macrumors newbie


    Nov 15, 2007
    I think because iPod touch is supported by both platforms ie mac & windows. I suppose OS doesn't matter either way :D
  5. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    This is right. In 2003. Times have changed.

    The Touch will actually let you sync with more computers more easily than other iPods. Although others can match up with more than onePC/Mac, also. You probably do have to leave auto-syncing off, but I'm not sure since I've never had it on for any iPod.
  6. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

    May 16, 2006
    With some previous generations of iPods (most that I've worked with) there were 2 possible ways to format the internal storage of the iPod - either Macintosh, or Windows. (Presumably, but not explicitly stated, Macintosh was a pseudonym for HFS+, and Windows was a pseudonym for FAT32.)

    If you plugged a Macintosh-formatted iPod into a Windows computer, you could not do anything else with it until you reformatted it for Windows.

    Conversely, if you plugged a Windows-formatted iPod into a Macintosh computer, you had the option of continuing to work with it without reformatting it.

    I always supposed it worked this way because iTunes was silently accessing the older generations of iPods indirectly by mounting certain filesystems using the host OS's native removable mass storage interfaces, and Windows didn't have support for mounting HFS+ volumes.

    I suppose Apple did not have the luxury of continuing this way of doing things with the iPod Touch because of the fact that embedded OS X required its filesystem to be a Unix-friendly one like HFS+ exclusively.

    Therefore, they needed to introduce a different synching mechanism to get the files across irrespective of the host computer's filesystem capabilities.

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