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    Finding I-Pod serial numbers on my imac.
    I need to identify my ipod shuffle but cannot find the paperwork with the serial number. Is there any way to find that devices serial number on my imac? This device is synched to the imac and the devices library is in itunes on this mac.

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    When it is docked it will show up in summary in devices in iTunes.

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    Ntt in possession
    Thanks. Unfortunately, it was stolen and is now in the hands of school authorities who want serial number to confirm ownership and return it to us.

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    Did you register it? If so, you can find the SN.. here:

    https://daw.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObj...language=US-EN
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    Got # ? phear the command line!

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    Just tried in Lion go to Finder > Library > Preferences > iPod plists then it opens Text Edit and there it is amongst other info.

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    mikeMBP-2:~ mike$ sudo grep -Ri '<Serialnumber>' /Library/Preferences
    Password:
    mikeMBP-2:~ mike$

    However...

    mikeMBP-2:~ mike$ grep -Ri '<serialnumber>' ~/Library/Preferences
    Binary file /Users/mike/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.iTunes.345ECB35-9FF6-5E1A-AF76-D94062162ECF.plist matches
    Binary file /Users/mike/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iPod.plist matches

    if I open /Users/mike/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iPod.plist in textwrangler..

    We see..

    Code:
    		<dict>
    			<key>Connected</key>
    			<date>2011-12-07T02:37:57Z</date>
    			<key>Device Class</key>
    			<string>iPhone</string>
    			<key>Family ID</key>
    			<integer>10016</integer>
    			<key>Firmware Version</key>
    			<integer>256</integer>
    			<key>Firmware Version String</key>
    			<string>5.0.1</string>
    			<key>ID</key>
    			<string>21B8890X0E735E1F</string>
    			<key>IMEI</key>
    			<string>0130330003668843</string>
    			<key>Serial Number</key>
    			<string>XXXXXXXXXXXXX</string>    <-----
    			<key>Updater Family ID</key>
    			<integer>10016</integer>
    			<key>Use Count</key>
    			<integer>5</integer>
    good catch osxx!
    mike
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    Thanks apparently its good to know if a device gets stolen for insurance and police report.

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    Thanks
    Thank you all for your help! Thanks to your advice, I was able to recover the serial number and the device!

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    I take screen snapshots of all of my devices and store them on a flash drive that its hidden just I case something like this happens to me.

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