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    Do I need to restore iPod going from PC to Mac?
    I am yet to update my iPod on my new Mac. It took me quite some time to rebuild my previous iTunes library from my PC onto my Mac. Now that I have I was wondering if I can simply synch my iPod to the "new" library on my Mac, or if I need to restore the iPod first since it was previously synched on a PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPHarris View Post
    I am yet to update my iPod on my new Mac. It took me quite some time to rebuild my previous iTunes library from my PC onto my Mac. Now that I have I was wondering if I can simply synch my iPod to the "new" library on my Mac, or if I need to restore the iPod first since it was previously synched on a PC.
    You will need to format the iPod for use on the Mac. If you already have your library setup on iTunes on your Mac, you simply need to reformat the iPod and then sync it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPHarris View Post
    I am yet to update my iPod on my new Mac. It took me quite some time to rebuild my previous iTunes library from my PC onto my Mac. Now that I have I was wondering if I can simply synch my iPod to the "new" library on my Mac, or if I need to restore the iPod first since it was previously synched on a PC.
    You can use a PC-formatted iPod on a Mac (but not the other way around). However, you can only update the firmware in the iPod on a Mac if it's Mac formatted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    You will need to format the iPod for use on the Mac. If you already have your library setup on iTunes on your Mac, you simply need to reformat the iPod and then sync it.


    How does someone format there ipod on the mac though?
    I know it windows u would normally just right click the ipod and click format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magician View Post
    How does someone format there ipod on the mac though?
    I know it windows u would normally just right click the ipod and click format.
    Click on your iPod in iTunes on the Mac and click format.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Where is the "format" that has to be clicked in iTunes 7.6

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgar98 View Post
    Where is the "format" that has to be clicked in iTunes 7.6
    Click on your iPod in the Devices category of the left window pane. Then click the Restore button in the right window pane.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    thanks everyone! i had the same questions and this helps a lot

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    I hope you realize that you DON'T need to format an iPod when moving from a PC to a Mac. You will have to delete the music from the iPod once you get to the Mac because the iPod can only sync from one computer. You will just have to load all your music and videos back onto the iPod.

    The only drawback to leaving the iPod formatted to a PC is that when there are new firmware updates, you will have to use the PC to update the firmware. It will not delete your music once you update. After the update is finished, you simply go on to syncing as you were with the Mac until the next firmware update.

    This is how I have my iPod Classic setup and it works well.
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