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By Kirk McElhearn

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Published: Friday, June 3, 2005
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Q: I got a 3rd generation iPod from a friend of mine. When I went to configure it, it told me to restore the iPod. When I did, it then said the restoration had not worked. Now I cant do anything with the iPod. Every time I try to charge it, turn it on, or plug it in to my computer, the Apple logo comes up followed but a picture of a file (think the icon for file on your PC) and then nothing happens. What can I do?

- Sophie

A: There are several icons that may appear on your iPod screen if there is something wrong with it. This Apple technical document shows the different icons, and explains how to troubleshoot the problems they represent.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.

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Comments

1

My old computer crashed and since it was kind of old already, I ended up getting a new one. Is there anyway to use my iPod with the new computer without losing all the music currently on the iPod? I didn’t have all the music I’d purchased backed up.

Posted by scoopernd on June 3, 2005 at 8:14 AM (PDT)

2

I JUST BOUGHT A SECOND HAND GOLD MINI IPOD AND MY FRIEND HAS A GOLD ONE TOO BUT HIS LOOKS KIND OF ORANGE-Y IS IT POSSIBLE THAT APPLE MADE 2 DIFFERENT SHADES OF GOLD MINI’S?IM JUST CURIOUS..THANKS…

Posted by minnie on June 3, 2005 at 9:53 AM (PDT)

3

I want to know how do I take out the scrtches of the screen??

Posted by forinox on June 3, 2005 at 6:22 PM (PDT)

4

I was wondering if there was any way to transfer the music from my Ipod to another computer. I live in California for the summer but my computer is in Denver where I am for the Remainder of the year and I need to send my Ipod in to get fixed and I didnt want to lose any of my music.

Posted by Andria22 on June 3, 2005 at 7:02 PM (PDT)

5

It’s an Itunes question, sorry. Actually, maybe it’s two…or three…

How come sometimes I can burn my Itunes to MP3 and get over 150 songs on the disc and other times I burn to MP3 and only get 50? And when it will only allow for 50 or 60, how does IT choose which songs from my playlist make it to my CD? I am using the same brand and size of CD each time…

Also, Ipod related, I have a Shuffle, have been thinking about getting a docking station for my car (although the car has MP3 player capabilities—rah rah Scion xA). But I only see docking stations for the IPod, not the Shuffle. Is there a station for the Shuffle?

Posted by shufflela on June 4, 2005 at 4:53 PM (PDT)

6

is there anyway that i can put photos on my ipod photo without using the music store on itunes?

Posted by cazydaisy44 on June 5, 2005 at 6:29 AM (PDT)

7

You can reset the five authorized computers through the accounts panel of iTunes once per year. Just click on sign in and then click on options of some sort. You can then deauthorize all the computers. This is also documented on the iTunes music store FAQ.

Posted by jaba813 on June 5, 2005 at 7:42 AM (PDT)

8

How do I transfer the music in my “purchased music” folder into my “Library”?

Posted by IpodLaw on June 6, 2005 at 6:24 AM (PDT)

9

When I try to connect my I-Pod to my Windows cpu so I can update my I-Pod with new muzik….The I-Pod wont connect….I dont see the “Dont Disconnected” sign on my I-Pod when its connect to my usb port…..This problem started 2 nights ago and its still not fixed….

Posted by BamBeatz on June 6, 2005 at 8:25 AM (PDT)

10

Can ipods or ipod photos play mpeg-4 files. If not is there a way to quickly convert them to mp3s?

Posted by atomic8969 on June 6, 2005 at 8:14 PM (PDT)

11

righty-o about deauthorization.

Posted by iPod Dance in VA on June 6, 2005 at 10:29 PM (PDT)

12

I have a new computer with a new itunes library on it. I went ahead and restored my ipod therefore erasing everything on it and would like to now update it with this new library. However, when I plug my ipod into the computer ,iTunes doesn’t seem to see it. Please advise.

Thanks

Posted by honolulubaby on June 6, 2005 at 10:45 PM (PDT)

13

I have my girl’s ipod,..How can I download new music from my computer into her ipod without erasing her current music???
Please help I am desperate..

Posted by ross007 on June 7, 2005 at 8:53 AM (PDT)

14

In anticipation of buying an iPod I have been using iTunes on my desktop and laptop. I have a sizable amount of tunes on both computers. I now have the iPod. How do I consolodate the music files from the two computers on to the one from which I will download my music into the iPod? I also have an external hard drive. Can I back both computer iTune folders onto that one drive so that the tunes merge into one bigger file?

Posted by jimro on June 7, 2005 at 5:16 PM (PDT)

15

It seems we have lost the installation diskette for the ipod and I dont know what to do. I have all the booksa and everything and the adapters/stands. but cant put it on ,my new computer.  Help please

Posted by s4audinut on June 7, 2005 at 7:58 PM (PDT)

16

I have seen Apple scripts that remove genre from itunes and possibly from the ipod itself, is there anyway to limit/remove the amount of genres on the ipod, perhaps under the windows formating, there is just so many ones i dont use and to scroll through them is a hassle.

Tobias

Posted by brnr on June 8, 2005 at 12:57 PM (PDT)

17

Well, if you cant remove them, i just rename the genres i use the most with a . infront to bring them to the top for easyer searching

Tobias

Posted by brnr on June 8, 2005 at 1:49 PM (PDT)

18

I tried to format my Mac-formatted iPod mini, to Windows, but I am getting a message that says something like this:
“firmware update failure. Disk write error”. When I go back to the Mac updated, I can update, but I cannot copy more than 150 songs on the ipod…
how can I solve this to format either way so it works…Is there such thing as a “hard reset” that can help?

Posted by alonso on June 8, 2005 at 3:21 PM (PDT)

19

When I plug my iPod into my other computer, I’m supposed to hold down SHIFT+ what else so that it doesn’t automatically get updated? I’ve done it before but now I forget.

Posted by rotochileno25 on July 14, 2005 at 9:28 PM (PDT)

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