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Using Mac-formatted iPods with an XBOX 360

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By Jerrod H.

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Published: Saturday, December 9, 2006
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Q: I’m a Mac user and iPod addict, thinking about purchasing an XBOX 360 for gaming. I understand the XBOX can read an iPod, and use it for in-game soundtracks, but I worry: if a Windows PC can’t read a Mac-formatted iPod, can an XBOX 360?

- Shane

A: Indeed it can, without any problem. When plugged into an XBOX 360, a Mac-formatted (HFS+) iPod shows up in the XBOX’s media blade, and the console correctly parses its database, organizing music just as the iPod’s own menu does. To play unprotected AAC-encoded songs, you may need to download a small (200kb) plugin via XBOX live, but once this is complete, the XBOX should work as designed with your iPod, though it will never be able to play songs purchased from the iTunes Store.

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I am having trouble managing itunes & synching my choice of 120 gigs of music to a 30 gig ipod.  The central problem is that after I “check” the music I want transferred and order a synch, I get a msg I have selected too much & itunes asks if it can select for me - which is obviously NG.  When I answer “no” it proceeds to load about 12 gigs on the ipod (none of my playlists included).  Does itunes offer a way to calculate what has been selected for xfer?

Posted by jgbaird on December 11, 2006 at 7:43 AM (PDT)

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I set up my wife’s mini with a master playlist.  This way you get the total size of the playlist before you sync.  I’ve also set her up with a few smart playlists that use the master playlist as the source.

Posted by Elcoholic in So Cal on December 11, 2006 at 11:38 AM (PDT)

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Jerrod,
While you’re at it don’t forget to recommend ER in-canals ear phones.  Weren’t they rated higher than the UEs?  I just got some ER6is last Friday and they’re awesome, especially for at a little over half-price on eBay for brand new-in-box.  BTW excellent choice on the album art.

Posted by Elcoholic in So Cal on December 11, 2006 at 11:48 AM (PDT)

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Hi
Can I convert songs from iTunes to mp3 format to transfer into my phone or do I have to rip them all over again?

Thanks

Posted by statsy on December 12, 2006 at 8:21 PM (PDT)

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Hi
My computer just crapped out and my itunes was deleted completly. All of my songs are gone. My ipod nano still has all the songs on it but if I plug it in my computer it will delete them all. I need to know how to get the songs off my ipod back onto my itunes. Thank you

durban

Posted by durban on December 13, 2006 at 9:29 AM (PDT)

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How can I transfer dvd’s that I own to my ipod video?

mbd

Posted by kommanman on January 14, 2007 at 11:07 AM (PDT)

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