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The Best Way to Reformat an iPod

This is a tutorial about how to reformat Windows Formatted iPod for Mac and how to reformat Mac Formatted iPod for Windows. There are 2 parts:

The way you see if an iPod is Mac or Windows-ready is to go to Settings --> About and scroll to the bottom of the screen. If it's formatted for Mac OS X, then the last item will be the serial number of the iPod. If it's Windows-ready, then after the serial number will be "Format: Windows". Simple enough, if a bit obscure.

Reformat iPod

If you wish to keep the songs you have on the iPod, you must first follow this tutorial to backup your iPod files to your computer.

Part 1. How to reformat Windows Formatted iPod for Mac

Step 1 Launch iTunes by selecting its icon in the dock

Step 2 Connect your iPod to the computer. Once it shows up in iTunes press the Restore button under the Summary Tab.

Restore iTunes Backup Files

Step 3 A popup will appear warning you that all the songs on your iPod will be erased. Click the Restore button.

Step 4 An iPod Software Update window will open. Click the Next button.

Step 5 Click the Agree button to accept the license agreement.

Step 6 iTunes will now go and download the latest firmware for your iPod.

Download Firmware

Once installation begins it will ask you for an Administrator's username and password. Enter this information then click the OK button.

iTunes will then format and update your iPod after which it will reboot.

Format and Update

Once complete you will be asked to name your iPod. Do this then press the Done button.

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Part 2. How to reformat Mac Formatted iPod for Windows

Step 1 Download the latest version of iTunes

Your first step should be to ensure that you have the very latest version of iTunes. You can do that by going to Download iTunes. Install that, and when you hook up your iPod, you should see it show up in iTunes, then when you click on the iPod on the left side of iTunes, you'll get to the summary screen.

Download Latest Version iTunes

Step 2 Click the "Restore" button and you should be prompted to choose between four different options:

Choose Four Options

Restore Option 1: Restore - Restores with same iPod Software version already on iPod.

Restore Option 2: Use Same Version - Restores with same iPod Software version already on iPod even though a newer version is available.

Restore Option 3: Use Newest Version - Restores with the latest iPod Software available.

Restore Option 4: Restore and Update - Restores with the latest iPod Software available.

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June 11, 2018 10:24 / Updated by to iPod