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EmmEff 03-10-2014 01:39 AM

iPod Classic failure
I connected my I-Pod classic to a Windows 8 laptop, it was not recognized, but after disconnecting the I-Pod says "No Music" so have I lost my 150 albums ? It says I have 99.2 GB Free

osxx 03-10-2014 01:03 PM

Did you un-mount (eject properly the USB device) or just unplug it?

EmmEff 03-10-2014 01:18 PM

When I connected the I-pod to the Windows 8 laptop a box appeared saying this "This is a mackintosh configured MP3 player- do you wish to reconfigure". This where I figured I was in trouble so I clicked No and the box vanished. But then I could not eject it so I just dis-connected it.

chscag 03-10-2014 01:31 PM

I certainly hope your Windows 8 machine didn't wipe the iPod. It may be possible that's what happened. Sometimes the system will try to initialize a device if it can't be read.

ferrarr 03-10-2014 02:16 PM

How big of a drive was on the iPod, 160gb? Did you have it backed up to your computer? Did you try any of these Apple - Support - iPod - iPod classic Troubleshooting Assistant

osxx 03-10-2014 02:18 PM

Was this music purchased through iTunes?
Did you authorize the iTunes in Windows 8 with same ID and password that you used to set the iPod up with.
If you answered yes to those two questions then you can get your music back.

EmmEff 03-10-2014 05:02 PM

All of the albums are either mine or my son's, and I never got to the I-Tunes menu on the windows machine.

I loaded the albums on to the I-pod over a period of time, I still have them boxed in the loft so could repeat the process but it will be a pain. I was hoping that the I-pod would not be terminally ill !!

osxx 03-10-2014 05:38 PM

Do you still have the computer you set the iPod up on and is it in working order?
Did you authorize iTunes on your new computer with the same Apple ID and password?

EmmEff 03-10-2014 05:47 PM

Yes - it is a an I-Mac and works great. I have the latest I-Tunes running. This is the only computer I have.

osxx 03-10-2014 09:16 PM

You should be able to connect it back up to your iMac and in devices in iTunes it should list restore and backup.

chas_m 03-11-2014 02:25 AM

Can I ask: why did you connect your iPod Classic to a Windows 8 machine, if your iPod is set up and formatted for the iMac and iTunes there??

EmmEff 03-11-2014 04:19 AM

I tried the Devices tab but everything is greyed out, the I-Pod screen says to restore to factory condition though.

chscag 03-11-2014 01:08 PM


Originally Posted by chas_m (Post 1571664)
Can I ask: why did you connect your iPod Classic to a Windows 8 machine, if your iPod is set up and formatted for the iMac and iTunes there??

Good point made by member chas_m. As noted above, Windows 8 very likely initialized the iPod when you inserted it and wiped it.

EmmEff 03-12-2014 05:02 AM

A good point but at the time I was 12,000 miles away from my I-Mac, I was in New Zealand and at the request of mine host I connected to her laptop to play a cd she wanted to hear and the rest is history !!!!!

**** happens.

chas_m 03-12-2014 06:05 AM

For future reference:

a) an iOS device is generally "tied" to the computer it syncs with, and can't be used on other people's computers (particularly if they have iTunes)

b) an iOS device and iTunes music really have very few limitations, but anything that looks like copying music from one computer to another violates the agreement between Apple and the record companies and doesn't work. I'm not saying that was your intent, but plugging an iPod into someone else's machine makes iTunes assume you either want to reformat it or you're trying to illegally copy songs onto it, and that's where trouble comes in.

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