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Q: I have just recently ordered a G4 PowerBook: how do I get my music from iTunes on my PC to my Mac quickly and painlessly?

- Graeme

A: Since the iPod is basically a portable hard disk, it’s easy to copy data from one computer and move it to another one. Apple has an excellent tutorial on doing exactly this.

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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Posted by Ipstenu on December 23, 2004 at 2:50 PM (CST)


I just bought an ipod hp… I’ve installed it on my pc and it works fine…  but, I am trying to play the songs from my ipod on another computer (work) using itunes. The song list on the ipod is locked.  I called tech support and they tell me the only way I can play the songs from my ipod are: (1) use my earbuds; (2) use an RCA connection to a receiver. 

I have a friend who has the original ipod and he can play songs straight out of his ipod connecting to his computer without an RCA cable and not copying music files on the pc’s hard drive. 

What can I do?  other than copying my mp3 files on my work pc’s hard drive.

Posted by jcl4723 on December 23, 2004 at 2:53 PM (CST)


I recently purchased a used ipod, 20GB, and with it came the A/C charger plug and the chords for connecting to the computer. I did not receive any disk/software so I’m wondering how to download needed software to hook up to music site. How do I register my ipod and take out old user’s info from ipod? The previous owner had some music on the ipod and I’m wondering if I can pick & choose what I want to save and how to delete some music? Tx, dd

Posted by bogey in USA on December 24, 2004 at 7:50 AM (CST)


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Posted by Sorcery5 on December 25, 2004 at 7:58 AM (CST)


jcl4723: you have to set the ipod to manual update mode (right-click on the ipod, and select options) by changing it from automatic-sync mode.

Bahubeshi: You need to take your ipod off disk mode. This is also in the iPod options screen. It will mean though, that you can’t use it as a hard drive in ‘my computer.’

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Posted by AnnieKF in Sierra Foothills on December 25, 2004 at 5:42 PM (CST)


Sorry… I hadn’t done a sync before that last post and the numbers were a bit off… Here is what I meant to say:

Songs: 3709
Available: 33.7 GB

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Any thoughts on why this is so?

Thank you,


Posted by AnnieKF in Sierra Foothills on December 25, 2004 at 5:47 PM (CST)


Okay, here is my problem. Just got a new iPod, however when i connect it to iTunes , nothing is recjognized, it doesn’t configure at that stage in setup, and windows doesnt detect the hardware as it does with my other USB devices. I have tried other programs , and none of them reckognizee them as well. Im pretty sure the iPod isnt faulty, considering i Just got it from apple, all wrapped, its ligit. If anyone could help then thanks i cant wait to use it. Im running Windows XP Home Edition and a 20 GB iPod and a click wheel. By the way it is that iPod +hp ipod kind of thing if that makes a difference. Thank you


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Posted by mummer43 in USA on December 26, 2004 at 12:26 AM (CST)


I just received an 20 GB IPOD for Christmas. Now, my questions deals with the iTunes software.

1. I downloaded the latest version of iTunes from the Apple site. Therefore, do I still need to install the disc into my computer, or not?

2. In iTunes, exactly how do you transfer songs into a created playlist? I know how to create a playlist, but I have no idea how to transfer the songs into the playlist.

3. All of music (ripped CD’s and MP3’S) is WMA files. Now, I heard you can’t use WMA for the IPOD. If that’s true, what do I do? Do I need to re-rip the CD’s and transfer my MP3’s using the iTunes software?

4. As I said, all of my music is WMA files, and I play it all using the Windows Media Player. Every time I use iTunes, it shows a message asking me to “set iTunes as the default player.” Does this matter? I’d actually prefer to keep the Windows Media Player as the default player. Besides, I still can play the same music using iTunes.

I know, it’s a lot of questions. But I’m new to the world of IPOD. I’d really appreciate some answers. Thanks in advance.

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I just bought my wife the ipod adapter for her bmw. It works great with her mini. However, she also has an old ipod that she would like to use in her bmw, but the connector is wrong. Am I out of luck or is there an adapter I can get? Thanks!

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lol, I dont know if it is me who has the problem or maybe I am not wearing them right, But the earbud headphones just dont fit me. They fall out. I am forced to wear big wrap around headphones I used for my cd player. Anyone…?

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Posted by MrF in Oklahoma on December 26, 2004 at 10:13 PM (CST)


try the apple in-ear headphones. they stay in much better and you still get those iconic (i hope that is a word) white headphones.

Posted by podskater on December 27, 2004 at 11:44 PM (CST)


Cyrax: In answer to your questions,
1. No you do not need to install the version of iTunes that’s on the CD, but you may have to use the CD to format the iPod, you can also download this software from the apple site.

2. Once you have created a playlist, simply drag the desired song, artist, album or genre from the main iTunes browsing screen over to the left hand ‘source’ side of the screen and onto your playlist.

3. No, you do not need to re rip all the music, iTunes will let you transfer unprotected WMA files into MP3 or AAC, whichever you have chosen as your preffered format (in iTunes, go to edit > preferences > importing)

4. No, this does not matter, but iTunes is waaaaaay better than WMP.

MrF: If you are using Windows XP home, the message you may be getting is not that another iPod is logged in, it is that another user on the computer is logged in. I also use XP Home and it’s very annoying. On the login screen, make sure that no other users are ‘logged on’ or have ‘x programs running’. If this is not the problem, i cant help you :)

Posted by Nuke666 in Melbourne, Austalia on December 28, 2004 at 2:11 AM (CST)


I just received my mini Ipod for Christmas.  My library of cd’s consists of a lot of home-made burned cd’s.  The quality of these when I listen to them on my mini Ipod is terrible - tons of crackling noises.  Am I supposed to convert these cd’s differently?  Or am I going to have to forego loading these onto my mini Ipod?
Thank you.

Posted by Emily Ann on December 28, 2004 at 8:50 AM (CST)


I hook up to itunes and it works its magic on my ipod ........ But it moves all my songs from 5 stars to 1 star backwards so now I have to listen to my least favorite first. or I have to minipulate my itunes to fix it and it takes about 10 minutes to get it back…. What am I doing wrong ......

Posted by sunsetlover on December 28, 2004 at 11:37 PM (CST)


Normally when i plug in my ipod to my computer it automatically puts songs onto my ipod and they arent saved. but this time when i plugged it up i didnt even get the songs and my i pod didnt even say do not disconnect. nothing happend and id like to kno why.

                      thank you

Posted by Sha on December 29, 2004 at 10:35 AM (CST)


Can anyone help me organize my songs my way? I’d like to have my iPod (and, less importantly, iTunes) list my songs by artist first, then by song title. So, for instance, when I go to “U2,” all their songs are listed in alphabetical order. Right now, apple lists songs by their album order. If anyone knows how to change this, please e-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)! (And, of course, please post here, in case anyone else has the same question!)

Posted by newscomedy on January 9, 2005 at 7:05 AM (CST)


no matter HOW MANY songs you have on your IPOD - (I have 3000) it shuffles es the same songs over and over

Posted by bkny on January 14, 2005 at 8:46 AM (CST)

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