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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:07 pm    Post subject: A question abput iPods and Windows Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

I'm not an Apple guy. However, my son is pleading for an iPod. <sigh> I may get him one, but I want to find out how they interface to Windows computers.

The one thing I like about my Creative Labs MP3 player (it's pretty crappy overall) is that I can just plug it in and it acts like a storage device - I can just drag mp3s from my hard drive to folders in the player. Moving data around without any additional software - what a great idea!

Can I do something like this with the iPod, or do I have to install iTunes or some other software on the Windows XP machines?

Thx x 10^6
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

as far as I know you have to install i-tunes, but it's no big deal really
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 25, 2010 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

hmm ... when you have an iPod you'll want apps I guess .. or I would .. your son too likely ... that'll need an app store account and iTunes and all that ... and likely even for initial startup of the iPod ... IIRC.

Still .. I think its possible, when no iTunes is installed, for the iThing to be seen as a USB drive .. on windows that was.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Blue Hell wrote:

Still .. I think its possible, when no iTunes is installed, for the iThing to be seen as a USB drive .. on windows that was.


it is possible, but afaik only to transfer photos

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:59 pm    Post subject: Re: A question abput iPods and Windows Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

jamos wrote:


Can I do something like this with the iPod, or do I have to install iTunes or some other software on the Windows XP machines?



There are a few apps that allow you to do this, but yes, you need iTunes to install it.

Come on now! Don't resist it. You know that you must bite the poison Apple sooner or later! Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:09 pm    Post subject: Re: A question abput iPods and Windows Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

jamos wrote:
I'm not an Apple guy. However, my son is pleading for an iPod. <sigh> I may get him one, but I want to find out how they interface to Windows computers.

Can I do something like this with the iPod, or do I have to install iTunes or some other software on the Windows XP machines?

Thx x 10^6


You can make ipods storage devices, but you do have to install iTunes to do this, at least initially. Here's an idea- once you have your iPod configured for a storage device, plug it into another machine that doesn't have itunes on it. I'm pretty sure the other machine will see it as a USB mass storage device, without needing itunes.

If i remember, I'll try this myself- and post the results.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

It doesn't work. You just get a pop-up message that "the device" (iPod) is unrecognised.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

iTunes on windows is ok. My rants about it from several years ago are obsolete; they have fixed it. If you get the iPod touch, you can get an app to make it do what you want - be an external device. For music files there is no need for anything but iTunes. You can drag and drop any music to the iDevice.

Get him his toy and download morphwiz. You'll never give it back to him. Smile

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