My iPod will still work right?

iMatt mini

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I think there are two versions, I have the windows version. Will the windows version now work on a Mac or do I have to do something?
I just thought of this. :confused:
 

iMatt mini

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http://www.apple.com/switch/howto/ipod/ said:
Step 7: Deauthorize iTunes on your Windows PC & authorize your Mac

If you don’t plan to use your Windows PC to play songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store anymore (for example, if you’re getting rid of it), you should deauthorize it. This Apple Support document provides more information about authorization and deauthorization. (If you’ve never purchased from the iTunes Music Store, you can skip this step.)

Here’s how to deauthorize iTunes:

1. Open iTunes on your PC.
2. From the Advanced menu, choose Deauthorize Computer.
3. Select “Deauthorize Computer for Apple Account” and enter your Apple ID and password.

Now you have to authorize your new Mac to play those songs:

1. Open iTunes on your new Mac.
2. Select a song you’ve purchased (in your library or the Purchased Music playlist).
3. Click the Play button. iTunes will ask you to enter the Apple ID and password you used to purchase the song.

Step 8: Reformat your iPod to use with your Mac

Apple uses different drive formats for the Mac and Windows versions of the iPod. Visit this Apple Support document for detailed instructions on how to reformat your iPod to use it with your Mac.
Step 9: Sync your iPod with your iTunes Music Library on your Mac

At last, we’ve reached the end. All your files reside on your new Mac, you’ve authorized iTunes and your iPod is Mac-compatible. Next time you plug in your iPod and launch iTunes, it should sync automatically.

Congratulations on joining the Mac family (and reading this far). We know you’ll enjoy your Mac experience.
Nevermind. :p
 

mad jew

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gwuMACaddict said:

Yeah, I'm not sure why they said that either but I'm sure you don't have to reformat it. The only drawback of not reformatting is if there is an iPod firmware update, you have to do it on a PC if you don't want to reformat it then.

Maybe they're just covering their bases so they don't have to support Windows iPods running on Macs. :confused:
 

spiffymac

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Mac Format on Windows?

I have heard that you cannot use a mac formatted iPod on a windows pc as an external hard drive... is there anyone who can tell me that I'm wrong?

I'd LOVE to reformat to a mac iPod, but I still need my 60gb to transfer large files.

Thanks all. :confused:
 

punkbass25

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lets clear up some of this myth and falsifications from farther up in the thread.

its not "mac" formatted or "windows" formatted.

the iPod is essentially a hard disk. its a hard disk that supports two diffrent file systems. theres HFS+ (just like the drives in your mac) and then there's FAT32 (which isn't what windows prefers to use,(that would be NTFS) however it is a format that works with every OS i've ever encountered.)

the HFS+ is a better system, however windows has zero support for it. so, if you have no need for ever plugging your pod into a windows machine (AND YOU HATE IT WHEN YOUR DRIVE NAMES ARE IN ALL CAPS) then HFS+ is for you, but iof you need to use it as a cross platform storage solution FAT32 is the way to go.

any of this talk of when you update the firmware on a "windows" ipod youll need a wintel box... well thats jus tstraight up lies. if your computer can recognize the drive (which if its FAT32 it will no matter what) it will do firmware updates and EVERYTHING else, (except that you cant use lower case letters in naming things.)
 

taeclee99

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spiffymac said:
I have heard that you cannot use a mac formatted iPod on a windows pc as an external hard drive... is there anyone who can tell me that I'm wrong?

I'd LOVE to reformat to a mac iPod, but I still need my 60gb to transfer large files.

Thanks all. :confused:
This is true. You cannot use an iPod formatted on a mac as an external hard drive on the pc. If you need to have this functionality, the iPod must be formatted as fat32.
 

TheMonarch

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I had this issue too. I loved to use my ipod as an external HD. before I had my PB, my ipod was "linked" to my windows pc, but now I wanted to use my PB to manage my music. So what I found out by accident is that if you take your "windows" formatted ipod and hook it to your mac, while its still blank, the mac will update it as if it were a mac ipod.

before i did that, i backed up all my data into my mac.

If you didn't get what I just said...

1) backup to your mac
2) reformat on windows
3) take freshly reformatted ipod to mac
4) update using itunes
5) put all non music data back
6) TADA! windows formatted ipod working seamlessly on mac ( isync and everything)