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italianice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Will the new iPod classic work work with OS 10.3.9? I know that the official requirements say you need tiger. iTunes 7.4 seems to run just fine on my computer.

According to the iTunes 7.4 page these are the system requirements:
Macintosh Requirements

* Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later or Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later required for iTunes
* Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later required for iPhone
* 500MHz G3 processor or better
* QuickTime 6.5.2 or later
* 256MB RAM
* Combo/SuperDrive to burn CDs
* Broadband Internet connection (DSL/Cable/LAN) for buying and streaming music

No mention of 10.4+ being needed to sync with iPods.

I'm not going to buy tiger with leopard just around the corner. But I'm still not even sure if my system will run leopard...

Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,880 points)
    According to the new Classic Feature Guide...

    iPod Classic Features Guide

    the minimum system requirements are OS 10.3.9.

  • italianice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks, that answers the question.

    Wonder why they have 10.4 on the product page.
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,880 points)
    I don't know, but I figure the guide is probably more accurate since it was likely written by techical writers vs. the web pages which were probably written by web designers and marketing weasels.

  • Big Unc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just brought the classic and I have Panther. When I connected the iPod it immediately told me I need OSX 10.4.
  • PT Level 7 Level 7 (20,880 points)
    Really!? That completely blows. I can see requiring a minimum revision of iTunes, but Tiger as well?

    I guess they better upgrade the Feature Guide then.

  • italianice Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That is lame indeed. Very strange about the conflict in the features guide.
  • Edward Black Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    From what I have read about leopard you might need to have a 1ghz G4 or greater to have a smooth running machine, not to mention to max out your video and computer RAM on an older machine to get full use of all of its abilities. It is universal Binary last I checked so maybe with some tweaking of the OS and the removal of the useless code material you might get it to run under a older G3. The only way for you to get the full use of leopard is to buy a newer machine that comes with it. They you have to buy update software to run under the Little Endian x86 "Mactels" because Rosetta's "translation" (Another word for emulation) to run your older software will be very slow. Also no OS 9 compatibility because classic is gone.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,075 points)
    *Wonder why they have 10.4 on the product page*
    It's kind of screwy.
    I have identified this to Apple a while ago but so far, not response or clarification.

    It actually states, "Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later or Mac OS X 10.4.7 or later required for iTunes"
    As I read it, this means it will work with 10.3.9 and 10.4.7 thru 10.4.10 but not with 10.4.0 thru 10.4.6.
  • kjhman Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi there. I just ordered my ipod classic and im running 10.3.9. I dont want to purchase tiger with leopard about to come out. Is there anyway you could find out if the ipod will indeed work on my computer???

    I would appreciate it.


  • Vince DiStefano Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
    As somebody who is a technical writer and web developer working for a "marketing weasel" company, I can tell you that your assumption is so much hot air and oversimplification.
  • rjglasse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I also have just had this experience. After waiting so long to jump onto the (full) iPod bandwagon, I was somewhat disappointed. See screengrab:

    I've also summarized the discussions here and forwarded the matter onto TUAW, hopefully they can draw more attention to this matter. Any other options other than:

    a) wait for a fix (is this even likely?)
    b) complain to apple
    c) return iPod classic to Apple Store
    d) wait for leopard and pray your mac runs it well
    e) accept defeat and buy 10.4
  • rjglasse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I forgot to note that upgrading to iTunes 7.4.1 does not help. I presume if there is a fix, it will be in the iPod firmware.
  • rjglasse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Neither elegant nor 100% perfect, but here is my interim workaround until Leopard is released:
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,075 points)
    Your article keeps referring to iTunes 4.7, not 7.4.
    Might wanna change that...

    "You have also downloaded iTunes 4.7 because the guy"
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