Windows iPod Myth

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Kwyjibo, Nov 15, 2002.

  1. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    I've read so many threads about this I want to clear this up for everyone. I am a WinXp and Ibook user (I mis-capped Ibook in purpose just for that thread on correctness). I have a 20GB windows iPod. This iPod works with both osx and winxp. I know that the thread that follows this one will be a quote from apple's site saying this won't work but it does, i do it quite often. Steve Jobs made a point at the osx introduction to state that Mac can read fat32 drives (winipod).
    1. If you plan on using your iPod on XP and osx, I would get a windows one, you can use anything with a windows ipod (xplay included). It just makes sense to get the more compatible one.
    2. If you thinking about getting a mac after your ipod, you probably will, I did, still get the windows one for now.
    3. All the functionality is the same with a win ipod and itunes/isync.
    4. Since they are the same price and 90% of people use windows I know some people will try to excommunicate me from the forums but its true and compatbility should be an issue ( how far away can a mass firewire class like the current usb ones).

    Well i'm sure i've offended quite a few of you but anyone with any logical thoughts should agree with me even if you hate xp. The only reason I can see to buy a MAC only iPod is because you only have Macs. If you plan to cross platform go with windows ipod, Its the same as a mac ipod except it works with 90% of the world
  2. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Re: Windows iPod Myth

    Ha, good one. :D

    I was one of those people who thought you couldn't do that because everyone I had talked to said it couldn't be done. But MacBandit set us straight. Thank you for confirming that it does indeed work with your systems too.

    A few questioons though. Do you use iTunes and/or MusicMatch? Does drag and drop work for MP3s? I'm assuming it works fine as a firewire drive on both platforms. Is your firewire port on your PC powered? On board or card? 4-pin or 6-pin? I was thinking about getting a Mac iPod and just using xPlay, but if the Windows version works the same (or better), maybe I'll get one of those.

    I always wondered what people were supposed to do if they had a PC, bought an Windows iPod, liked it so much they bought a Mac, then couldn't use their brand new toy.

    Apple's solution is to reformat it as an Apple iPod, but then you can't use it on your PC.
  3. Kwyjibo thread starter macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    Windows Ipod

    hmmm. my pc firewire card is a pci card, it is powered and the funcitonality is the same on both os's. I have musicmatch but i like xplay better (its like $20) and itunes. I had been thinking about switching then waiting for the announcement. In the meantime I bought a windows ipod and it works perfectly on both platforms despite what apple says.
  4. chibianh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2001
    so syncing your music with a windows ipod and itunes is the exact same thing/user experience as with a mac ipod and itunes? If so, thanks for clearing it up, i've been wonderin all along!
  5. Kwyjibo thread starter macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    The same

    The fucntionality is exactly the same using a windows ipod with a mac as using a mac ipod with a mac (not updating or changing file systems)
  6. sharvari macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2002
    Buy either ipod, it makes no difference, the utils to change on to the other are easily availaible, if you need them e-mail me. I bought a macpod, converted it to a winpod till my TiBook arrives, works great on my PC with Ephpod, all functions, no problems.
  7. gerror macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2001
    Isn't it just about formatting the harddisc?

    I have a firewire-drive and I hooked it up at an friends pc under xp and I can't read it. Now I just gonna format it under XP so I can use it on my iMac and my friends' pc to exchange files.

    I bet it is the same with the iPod.
  8. sharvari macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2002
    I'm not entirely sure, i don't think so. Put it this way, you may as well use the restore funtion in the software and be safe.

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