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My iPod was recently stolen out of my car, and in the process of reporting it to the police, they asked for the serial number. I was at a loss to provide it, seeing as how my iPod had been stolen.

Anyway, I was playing around in iTunes and went to the iPod tab in Preferences to see if it had the serial number anywhere. It didn't appear to be there, but when I went to click another tab, I accidentally clicked where it said "No iPod Connected." It turned into "Last iPod Connected: XYZ123," where XYZ123 was the serial number of my iPod.

I am using iTunes 6.02 with a 5th generation iPod and the latest firmware, but it may work with older versions.
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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: macbigdog1 on Jan 26, '06 06:45:21AM

i have an original 1st gen ipod (amazing it still works, huh!!) and the serial number showed up for me. I'm using itunes 6.02 as well.



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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: appleman_design on Jan 26, '06 07:11:33AM

i have a ipod mini and there was no serial# listed.. itunes 6.0.2



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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: barbarella on Jan 26, '06 07:18:24AM

My Mini does.



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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: Felix on Jan 26, '06 11:05:16AM

My mini shows up correctly.



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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: Coumerelli on Jan 26, '06 08:03:38AM

wow! unbelievable. Good find! These are the hints that I live to wake up to each and every morning. Keep em coming...

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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: blalor on Jan 26, '06 08:32:47AM
With iTunes 6.0.2, and the iPod plugged in, if you click on the grey decimal number on the right of the preference panel (to the right of the iPod's name), it will switch to show you your serial number. With my 2nd gen 10G iPod, it reads "1.5" and then the serial number. I assume the 1.5 is the s/w version?

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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: garumph on Jan 26, '06 08:32:57AM

It is documented on Apple's site:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=60978



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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: clindberg on Jan 26, '06 09:45:13AM

Under Panther at least, there is a file

/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iPod.plist

that should have the serial numbers of iPods that you have used, along with a bit of other information. I'm not sure if it is still used with Tiger though.



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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: jpkang on Jan 26, '06 10:15:48AM

The preference file is still there in the same location in my fresh install of Tiger.



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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: rkchang on Jan 26, '06 10:23:25AM

Interesting that this file exists and shows my iPod information, but clicking on "No iPod Connected" does not reveal my iPod info. Perhaps the original tip is actually a 10.4 only hint.

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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: logich on Jan 26, '06 10:24:16AM
to quickly display this information in the console, you can use the following command:

defaults read com.apple.iPod
The plist includes information not only about the last iPod connected but all the iPods and their most recent connection dates.

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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: swanksalot on Jan 26, '06 02:25:06PM

Interesting. Also displays, "Use Count", which would seem to imply the number of times you've plugged the iPod in.



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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: rkchang on Jan 26, '06 10:18:49AM

My iPod mini's serial number does not show up on my iBook's iTunes, but it shows up on my desktop Windows PC's iTunes. This could be due to a combination of reasons:

(a) Since my desktop has a much larger hard drive, I use that computer as my primary music/podcast management computer, so of course, I use my iPod primarily what that computer. Consequently, it's been some time since I've used my iPod with my iBook (plus, I seem to have misplaced my iPod's FireWire cable...it's a slightly older generation iBook still w/ USB 1.1)

(b) Seeing as how both computers are running the latest versions of iTunes, I have upgraded iTunes on my iBook several times since the last time I connected my iPod to it. I'm guessing that with at least one of the upgrades, it erased past records of my iPod.

(c) I'm wondering if this tip only works w/ Tiger, as I'm still running Panther.


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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: rkchang on Jan 26, '06 07:12:12PM

I was able to get my hands on someone's spare FireWire cable, and it finally worked. I'm guessing the main reason it didn't work before is that the numerous iTunes upgrades had somehow erased the immediate record of iPod use.

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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: Crazor on Jan 26, '06 11:12:27AM

Reminds me of getting the computer's serial:
Apple menu -> About this Mac -> click on the OS version string multiple times



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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: satcomer on Jan 27, '06 12:46:39AM

You also can see the serial number of the current connected iPod with iTunes 6.0.2. When looking into iTunes' iPod preferences, click on the version number right above the "Calendar" tab (5th Gen iPod). This will show you the iPod serial number.



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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: mark hunte on Jan 27, '06 11:34:26AM
You could also use this script to dump the info in a file. I have two iPods so this will get the SNumber and dates of both
set biglist to {}
set theSN to do shell script " defaults read com.apple.iPod | grep -i " & quote & "Serial Number" & 
	quote & "| awk -F= '{print $2}'" as string
set theCnd to do shell script " defaults read com.apple.iPod | grep -i " & quote & " Connected " & quote 
	& "| awk -F\\; '{print $1}' | awk -FConnected\\ \\= '{print $2}'" as string
set the_count to 0
set theconter to count paragraph of theSN
repeat theconter times
	set the_count to the_count + 1
	copy paragraph the_count of theSN & paragraph the_count of theCnd to the end of biglist
	do shell script "echo iPod Serial\\ Number\\: " & quoted form of item the_count of biglist & " >> ~/documents/iPod_Serial_Numbers.txt"
	do shell script "echo ---------------  >> ~/documents/iPod_Serial_Numbers.txt"
end repeat

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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: sweth on Jan 27, '06 07:28:02PM
Or you could just accomplish the same thing with a single awk command and no applescript:

defaults read com.apple.iPod | awk -F= '/Connected/ { DATE=$2 }; /Serial Number/ { print $2, DATE }'


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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: mark hunte on Jan 28, '06 03:17:19AM

My god thats much less messy, I really have to read up on awk more

Thanks.

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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: nikkibear12 on Jan 11, '07 01:07:41PM

hey i got mine stolen out of my back pocket but ur not helping with the new itune 7.0 version and il tell u how to get it:when u open itunes click help then click run diagnostics next click ipod diagnostics a lot of writing will pop up on the right side keep scrolling down on the writing till u see The last connected iPod serial number:..... and it will show ur number.



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Display last-connected-iPod's serial number in iTunes
Authored by: alpalwal on May 09, '08 11:11:09AM

Hey guys, I know I'm bringing up a thread from the dead but I need a hand. Does anyone know if you can bring up the list of serial numbers used on a PC? My shuffle got stolen but it isn't the last used ipod on my computer.



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