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Drivers and Software for 4G iPods

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Q: I bought a used fourth-generation iPod and it only came with the USB cable. I’m missing the iPod CD with the driver. Do you where I can buy that CD or is there anything else that i can do so that my computer will recognize the iPod?

- Cristina

A: Actually, there are no iPod-specific drivers, per se. Everything you need can be obtained within the latest version of iTunes from Apple’s Web Site. Simply go to and get the version of iTunes appropriate for your operating system (Windows or Mac) and then install it on your computer.

Once you’ve done this, connect the iPod, and it should simply appear within iTunes and be ready to go.

If you’ve installed the latest version of iTunes, and the iPod is still not appearing when you connect it, you can try using a different port or USB cable. It would also be a good idea to check for more information on Apple’s Support site at or post more information in our iLounge Discussion Forums.

Note that most of the support issues concerning iPod USB connectivity are the same across all models of iPod, so troubleshooting steps in this area that are related to the fifth-generation iPod with video will apply equally to the fourth-generation iPod as well.

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this is me again, ol’ mort. looking at the Help this is what i see:
To add songs to iPod manually:
Connect your iPod to your computer.

When the iPod icon appears in the iTunes window (under Devices), select it.

If the Summary pane is not showing, click the Summary tab.

Select “Manually manage music.” (If you have an iPod that displays video, the checkbox says “Manually manage music and video.”)

Click Music (below Library, on the left side of the iTunes window) and then drag songs and playlists to your iPod.

i get no iPod icon and i see no summary pane in the itunes software…so i am really stumped..can anyone help me??

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Lastly,and please excuse my grey haired ignorance, what software do i use? should i let itunes do the transfer,or leave it to windows?

Many thanks in advance for any help you can give,regards p.n.

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