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How to use a new iPod with an old Mac
Authored by: Dr. T on Oct 10, '08 10:35:50AM

There is no good reason for the new iPods to be restricted to iTunes 8, and there is no good reason why a modern iPod cannot work with an old version of iTunes running on OS 9. Apple could say, "To get the best experience with our new iPods, iTunes 8 is required." while still allowing the new iPods to work with earlier iTunes versions. For most of us, iPods are just song players: they don't need Genius playlists, color video, calendar and contact synchronizing, games, etc.

Apple computers are known for their longevity (when I donated my 1983 512kE Mac in 2003, it still worked perfectly), but Apple ignores that fact when it comes to iPods. Apple uses iPods as drivers of new computer sales and unnecessarily restricts their ability to connect to different versions of iTunes. That approach might get Apple a few more sales, but at the cost of annoying some loyal customers.



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How to use a new iPod with an old Mac
Authored by: ctuft on Oct 10, '08 10:02:26PM
The 512ke was introduced in 1986, but I see your point. I also understand the business decision by Apple, but I'd rather see them "trust" their loyal users to upgrade because of new feature benefits rather than iPod incompatibility. Ahhh the good 'ole days:

http://www.apple-history.com/?page=gallery&model=512ke

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How to use a new iPod with an old Mac
Authored by: frgough on Oct 13, '08 08:03:38AM

Bunk. You have no idea of the inner workings of the new iPod software, so your statement is nothing more than whining. You don't want to upgrade your machine or your OS? Fair enough. Quit whining because the rest of the world doesn't accommodate your decision.



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How to use a new iPod with an old Mac
Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 13, '08 01:25:54PM

He might be uninformed, but so are you.

It's actually quite reasonable to want to use a newer iPod with an older Mac. If only to see which is the faster computer...



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How to use a new iPod with an old Mac
Authored by: frgough on Oct 13, '08 01:47:15PM

It is not reasonable to demand the rest of the world accommodate you, but it is a common human attitude.



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