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Convert iPod from Windows to Mac

6307 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 22, 2007 11:35 PM by Zevoneer RSS
Roger Barre Level 2 Level 2 (225 points)
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Jan 21, 2007 11:20 PM
I've been using my iPod (30GB) with Windows and am just now switching everything to a new MacBook Pro. Do I need to do anything to switch my iPod from Windows to Mac, or does it just sync with the new Mac without my having to do anything?
PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
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    Jan 21, 2007 11:32 PM (in response to Roger Barre)
    Macs can read Windows formatting so your iPod should work Fine on your MacBook. However if you don't intend using the iPod on Windows again you should consider restoring it and formatting it on the Mac. If you keep it in Windows format you'll have to connect it back to a PC to make any firmware updates otherwise the formatting will be changed. One other thing, if you haven't transferred your music from the PC to the Mac you won't be able to sync the iPod if you do you'll lose what's on it. To be sure you don't accidentally erase the content you should set the iPod to manual update until your music is on the Mac.

    If your iPod is set to update automatically take care when connecting to your new computer and an empty iTunes. You will get a message that your iPod is linked to a different library and asking if you want to link to this one and replace all your songs etc, press "Cancel". Pressing "Erase and Sync" will irretrievably remove all songs from your iPod. Your iPod should appear in the iTunes source list from where you can change the update setting to manual and use your iPod without the risk of accidentally erasing it. Check the "manually manage music and videos" box in Summary then press the Apply button: Managing content manually on iPod

    You can also use a keyboard command to prevent your iPod auto-syncing with iTunes. While connecting the iPod to the computer on a Mac hold down the Option and Command (⌥ and ⌘ Apple) keys. This will stop the iPod from auto-syncing with iTunes and it will appear in the source list. Wait until you are sure the iPod has mounted, and that it will not auto sync and then you can let the keys go. This may take between 20 to 30 seconds depending on your computer. You should then be able to change your settings: iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts for OSX

    Just some additional information in regard to moving the music from your iPod in case you no longer have the PC. If you have any iTMS purchases the transfer of purchased content from the iPod to authorised computers has been introduced with iTunes 7 A paragraph on it has been added to this article: Transfer iTunes Store purchases using iPod

    The transfer of non iTMS content such as songs imported from CD is designed by default to be one way from iTunes to iPod. However there's a manual method of copying songs from your iPod to your Mac. The procedure is a bit involved but if you're interested it's available at this link: Two-way Street: Moving Music Off the iPod

    If you prefer something more automated there are a number of third party utilities that you can use to retrieve music files and playlists from your iPod, this is just a selection. I use Senuti but have a look at the web pages and documentation for the others too, you'll find that they have varying degrees of functionality and some will transfer movies, videos, photos and games as well. You can also read reviews of some of them here: Wired News - Rescue Your Stranded Tunes

    Senuti Mac Only
    iPodRip Mac Only
    PodWorks Mac Only
    PodView Mac Only
    iPodAccess Mac & Windows
    YamiPod Mac & Windows
    PodUtil Mac & Windows
    iPodCopy Mac & Windows

    Keep your iPod in manual mode until you have reloaded your iTunes and you are happy with your playlists etc then it will be safe to return it auto-sync again.
    G5 PowerMac 1.8 DP, Mac OS X (10.4), Xerox XA7-19i LCD Monitor, 30GB iPod 5G
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
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    Jan 22, 2007 9:20 AM (in response to Roger Barre)
    To format the iPod for the Mac just connect it to your MacBook and restore it. Restoring will erase and reformat the hard drive, reload the software and put it back to default settings. Once the restore is complete follow the on screen instructions and it should connect to iTunes and give you a prompt to automatically update your library onto the fresh installation. If you want to update manually or using selected playlists choose no and it will default to manual mode and you can choose whatever setting you like: Restoring iPod to factory settings with iTunes 7
    G5 PowerMac 1.8 DP, Mac OS X (10.4), Xerox XA7-19i LCD Monitor, 30GB iPod 5G
  • rockygrrl Calculating status...
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    Jan 22, 2007 3:34 PM (in response to Zevoneer)
    Hello, that was really sound advice, so if you don't mind I would like to ask a follow up question. I began with a Windows and then purchased a Macbook, so have been using my iPod nano with my new computer without problems until recently, and now my nano no longer shows up as being connected to the mac in any way. I have tried all advice from the support site, and would love to restore it, but the problem is that I cannot restore it if it doesn't acknowledge the connection. Any advice?
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
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    Jan 22, 2007 11:35 PM (in response to rockygrrl)
    Have you tried putting it into "Disk Mode" first? This may help your Mac recognise that it's there so you can restore it.: Putting your iPod into Disk Mode
    G5 PowerMac 1.8 DP, Mac OS X (10.4), Xerox XA7-19i LCD Monitor, 30GB iPod 5G


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