Currently Being ModeratedApr 6, 2012 7:53 PM (in response to GinafromMd)
It would help a lot to know which exact model you have. Many of the models on Olympus' site do not specify Mac compatibility. They seem to record in WMA format which is Windows Media Audio format. While you can get this to play on a Mac, iTunes won't play it. You need to use special players or special software to recode it to a format iTunes can use.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 7, 2012 2:47 AM (in response to Limnos)
It's an Olympus VN-6200PC. Although they say it is Mac compatible it just flashes 'pc' when I plug it in and won't play anything. They admitted the files it creates are WMA format and therefore not compatible. Maybe I could record onto a cd then load that into iTunes? Thanks for your help.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 7, 2012 9:59 AM (in response to GinafromMd)
Save the WMA files onto the Mac. Play them with VLC or install Flip4Mac on your computer to play them with Quicktime player.
VLC media player - http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ - general media player that plays just about anything.
Perian codecs for Quicktime - http://www.perian.org - plugins to add functionality to Quicktime for playing additional audio and video formats
Quicktime audio problems, Perian, VLC - http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=9013669 - read note about uninstalling prior DIVX support before installing Perian.
Free Flip4mac QuickTime player components - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/wmcomponents.mspx
Flip4Mac - http://www.telestream.net/
After installation a new Flip4Mac pane will appear in System Preferences. Make sure you set the boxes to ensure that it will play WMV files in Quicktime. There is a free version but they don't make that very clear (I wonder why?). To do conversion vs. just playback you have to use the paid version.
Alternatively, try converting them (there will be quality loss):
Switch (free basic version) - http://www.nch.com.au/switch/index.html
All2MP3 - http://download.cnet.com/All2MP3/3000-2140_4-190407.html - mixed success with WMA
Currently Being ModeratedApr 7, 2012 10:03 AM (in response to GinafromMd)
Flashes PC? Never heard of anything doing that. I have vague recollections of some devices (maybe my non-Apple MP3 player) requiring you switch them to a Mac usable mode vs a PC usable mode when connected to USB. Something in setup controls when using the device. You'll have to thoroughly read the owner's manual to see if that's the case.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2012 4:57 AM (in response to GinafromMd)
The device should appear as an external disk when plugged into your Mac, albeit one formatted for Windows, and you should be able to see the files and download them to your Mac (it specifies connecting without the need for drivers). The device is saying PC because it's connected as a 'mass storage device' and is just assuming your have a PC.
Downloading them should not be the problem, just playing them, which is covered by Limnos's post above. Make sure that in Finder Preferences>Sidebar you have 'External disks' checked, and/or in the General pane you have 'External disks' checked in 'show these items on the Desktop'.