1 Reply Latest reply: May 9, 2013 2:22 AM by Kenichi Watanabe
LeahGoodingGemma Level 1 Level 1
  • I have an ipod classic 3rd generation. I want to give it to my sister but I want to restore all the settings so she can start up with it as new on itunes. Only problem is I do not have the computer or account details that I set up the ipod with some years ago when I first got it. Is there a way I can do this without itunes?
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 8 Level 8
    Mac OS X

    You can do it without any "account details."  But you need a computer that runs iTunes.  Just plug it into a computer that has iTunes running and do a Restore on the iPod.  This will erase the iPod, re-install its software, and set it to default settings.


    There is one potential problem, if this really is a 3rd gen iPod from 2003.  Does it have a touch wheel (not a click wheel) with four playback touch buttons in a row that glow orange when the screen backlight comes on? 


    If that's the iPod model you have, it is designed to work with a FireWire connection, not USB.  It has the standard dock connector, but it cannot charge using a USB connection.  If your sister has a Mac (or Windows PC) with a FireWire port, it should work fine with the latest iTunes.  Otherwise, it may be a problem.