Switching my iPod from PC usage to Mac usage

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Laplace, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. Laplace macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2005
    Huntsville, AL
    Hello all, I have a 4G 20GB iPod with clickwheel, and up until now have used it exclusively for the PC. I am a recent switcher and with my Powerbook arriving here in a couple days, and I would like to know exactly what steps I need to take to convert my iPod from a PC to a Mac.

    Also with regards to transferring my iTunes music from my PC to my new Mac. what is the best way to do this? I would assume just burning my whole collection to a DVD-R then transfer them over to my new Mac, right? But if I do this then, doesn't the DVD that I burned them to count as 1 of my 5 burnings or transfers for iTMS purchases? The LAST thing I want to happen is to use up all of my transfers of my purchased songs. What can I do to ensure that this doesn't happen? Also, is there a way to de-authorize my PC computer so that those purchased songs get one of their 5 transfers back?

    BTW, I'm not sure if I am using the correct terms for the rights management of the songs, but hopefully you understand what I mean.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. m-dogg macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2004
    If you leave your ipod PC-formatted, it will work just fine connected to your mac.

    you can use your ipod to transfer your tunes over. there are numerous programs available that will do this for free or very cheap. I'm at work right now so I don't remember which one I have...
  3. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    When you transfer your songs by DVD you are transfering the file itself. iTunes doesn't burn DVDs, so you would use XP to burn your iTunes music folder to DVD, then import those songs on your mac.
    This way doesn't count as a burn.

    Your iPod will cross over without formatting.
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    In the same boat

    My iTunes library lives on my Dell, as I don't have enough room for it on the iBook, but I have takes selections from it over to the iBook when I have gone on a trip.

    I used iTunes on windows to burn a random 4GB selection of music onto a DVD+R in data format and then just imported them into iTunes on the iBook and let it sort thm out.

    The downside to this approach is that ratings, playcounts and last played dates to not get transferred over to the mac. This sucks if you use those for smart playlists.

    I wonder if this tip http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20031222044506360 will work when the source is on Windows.

    If so, it might be as simple as sharing the iTunes Library folder on the windows box (or copying it to an external HD or optical media) and copying it over to ~/Music on the mac.


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