4751 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 3, 2010 5:30 AM by Isabel A
Hello Isabel A,
All you should have to do is restore the iPod via iTunes on your Mac. This will format the iPod for your Mac computer, wipe all the data from the iPod, and set it back to its original default settings.
[Restoring iPod to factory settings|http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1339]
From there you can set your iPod up to sync however you wish with your Mac's iTunes library.
Thank you for your advice. I just connected the ipod to the Mac and it asked me if I wanted to wipe it and fill it with the Mac's itunes - which I did - so presumably that was effectively a 'Restore'. It still says the ipod is Windows format but it is obviously working fine with the Mac so I guess I can leave it as it is.
If it is still Windows formatted, then your iPod wasn't restored as that would've changed it to Mac format.
However, you don't necessarily have to reformat the iPod because a Windows iPod will work just fine on a Mac running OS X. Many folks leave it like that for the convenience of being able to use the iPod on both a Mac and a Windows machine, and I left my new Classic Windows formatted for months before I eventually reformatted.
The one downside is that you won't be able to update the iPod software if you leave it Windows formatted unless you do it on a Windows PC. So, if you want to update and you only have access to a Mac, you'll need to reformat it.