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    ipod as a hard-drive
    Alright, I understand that you can't take music from the ipod and transfer it to a computer. But, I've been told that you can use the ipod as a portable hdd. I've just bought a 3rd G 20 gigger (should be shipped to my place in a few days) and wanted to know if this was possible. Can I store, say word documents, or a keynote presentation on the ipod, and then upload it to a computer? How about photos? Oh, one more, if the ipod has mac software, will it be able to upload files to a windows machine?

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    Yes, you can store any kind of file on your iPod, and then upload it to a comp. Just click 'Enable Disk Use' on the iPod options.

    If you have a Mac, your iPod can be used by both Macs and PCs. However, if you have a PC, your iPod can ONLY be used by PCs.

    Hope this helps,
    m1k

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    Quote Originally Posted by m1k
    Yes, you can store any kind of file on your iPod, and then upload it to a comp. Just click 'Enable Disk Use' on the iPod options.

    If you have a Mac, your iPod can be used by both Macs and PCs. However, if you have a PC, your iPod can ONLY be used by PCs.

    Hope this helps,
    m1k
    Nope, it's just the other way around...
    An iPod initialized on the Mac can only be used by a Mac, as the PC can't read the Macs filesystem (HFS+).
    If the iPod is initialized on the PC it's formatted in FAT32, which both, Mac and PC can read and write.

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    Yep, since Macs can read most PC files, and PC's just can't do jack with Mac files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maikutis
    Alright, I understand that you can't take music from the ipod and transfer it to a computer. But, I've been told that you can use the ipod as a portable hdd. I've just bought a 3rd G 20 gigger (should be shipped to my place in a few days) and wanted to know if this was possible. Can I store, say word documents, or a keynote presentation on the ipod, and then upload it to a computer? How about photos? Oh, one more, if the ipod has mac software, will it be able to upload files to a windows machine?

    m.
    You can transfer music out of itunes from the ipod to your mac, there are dozens of freeware and shareware apps to do it.

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