When did iPods become cross platform?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by MyDesktopBroke, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. MyDesktopBroke macrumors 6502

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    I bought an iPod classic right when they came out, before I realized there was an OS requirement for running it on a Mac (I had 10.3.9). But it would work fine on my brothers Dell, so that's how I set it up.

    Last night I plugged it into my MBP to charge, and I woke up this morning to find it mounted into iTunes completely functional and everything.

    I did a quick Google and couldn't find when this feature was added, but there you have it. Is this new or did I completely fail at noticing an update?
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    It is cross-platform due to using a Windows PC to set it up, as the file system used for the iPod is FAT32, if one uses Windows to set an iPod up. As Mac OS can read and write to FAT32 formatted volumes, the iPod will be usable via Mac OS X too.
    If you would have used Mac OS X to set the iPod up, it would have been formatted with HFS+, and as Windows can't read or write to that file system, you wouldn't see that iPod in Windows and couldn't use it via Windows.


     
  3. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

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    The only iPod that was Mac-only was the original one with the mechanical jog wheel.
     
  4. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816

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    May it rest in peace.
     
  5. roland.g macrumors 603

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    I have still have my original mechanical jog wheel Rev. A 5GB iPod. I haven't tried using it in a few years, but the last time I plugged it in it worked. My 2003 3rd generation 40GB with the row of 4 buttons that light up red still works too, but again I just don't use it.
     

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