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Syncing Your iPod Music on a PC and a Mac

Many of you have been asking for help solving your iPod dilemmas - like How to Sync Your iPod to Two Computers or for those of you that work on PCs and Macs, how you can sync your iPod between different operating systems - a problem that can cause more than a few headaches. The first setback is that traditionally, Apple doesn’t support using a Mac-formatted iPod on a Windows PC. The good news is that cross-platform syncing is doable.

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iPods formatted for Windows are okay converts for cross-platform syncing, so while Windows does not natively support Mac-formatted iPods, you can buy software like Mediafour’s XPlay, $29.95. Simply drag-and-drop the music files you want into XPlay music folder. The music is automatically organized on the iPod. Inside the XPlay music folder your songs are arranged just as they are on the screen of the iPod. You can browse your music by Playlist, Albums, Artists, Genres, Composers and all Songs.

Using the restore feature provided by Apple’s iPod Updater, you can convert an iPod from Mac to Windows. But all data is erased from the device during the restore process, so make sure you back up the data on the iPod before you attempt a conversion.

Need more iPod help? Check out my guide on How to Sync Your iPod to Two Computers.

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