Switching from PC to Mac... what about iPod and iTunes?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Cobra2001, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. Cobra2001 macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2007
    Ok here's my situation. I've got a 30GB 5G iPod with about 15GB of music on it. It's currently formatted for a PC since that's what I connected it to when I first got the iPod. Now I have a Mac and am giving away my old PC to a family member after I format the HD and do a fresh install of the OS. But before I wipe the PC clear, I want to make sure that I have my Mac ready to play nice with my iPod.

    I've heard that an iPod is either formatted for Windows or Mac, but not both at the same time. I've also heard that the only way I will be able to use my iPod with my Mac is if i format it for use with a Mac, which would in turn erase everything I have on there.

    Of my 15GB of music, about 5GB are from mp3s that I have burned on data CDRs and about 10GB are ripped from my CD collection. I know it will be easy to load my 5GB worth of mp3s into iTunes on my Mac and I don't mind re-ripping all my CDs on the Mac either since I want to encode them in a higher bit rate this time around.

    So my questions at this point are...

    1) How do I go about copying my purchased iTunes songs from my PC to my Mac?

    2) Do I format my iPod for use with a Mac on my Mac itself or can I do it right on the iPod itself?

    3) Is there anything else I'm missing that would make the process easier?

    Thanks so much for any advice and help you can offer!
  2. rvaro macrumors newbie


    Jan 29, 2008
    Hamilton, On
  3. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
    i think the best bet would be to get "senuti" google it i htink it's freeware or donationware..or shareware, you don't have to to pay for it that im sure, and then with that lil app you can fetch everyhting from your ipod into your new mac. or what he said on top of me sounds even better......
  4. Cobra2001 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2007
    Thanks, that second link is exactly what I am looking for. Since I'm not worried about my music which I can import into iTunes from my burned CDRs and the CDs that I want to re-rip at a higher bitrate, I'm really just concerned that my purchased iTunes music makes it over to the Mac.

    Thanks again.
  5. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    You can always use the "Backup" feature in iTunes. It is a good idea anyway to make a backup.

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