will the new ipod nano work with my imac g4?

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  1. mh8701

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    will the new ipod nano work with my imac g4?


    my imac has osx 10.3, but the new ipod system requiremements are osx 10.4.8 or later


    will the nano still work on 10.3?


    or if i buy ilife06 will that upgrade my itunes?


    if not what other solutions are there?

    thanks
     
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    Hmm ... you might run in to a problem depending on what model your imac G4 is ... they fitted usb 2.0 halfway through the production line ... if you can post your model number - should be M/***** - then can look it up and advise ...

    The issue being you need usb 2 for syncing/charging new ipods ...

    either way you can upgrade your OS to 10.4 Tiger and run iLife 06 or 08 - iTunes will update with the OS upgrade ...

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    thanks for the reply,

    wheres the model number located?

    thanks mike
     
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    Should be on small sticker on back of base or underneath ...

    Jon
     
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    hi,

    could find any sticker on the base.

    could only see a serial number underneath which was


    is that any help?

    thanks
     
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    Should be near the serial number I think ... will be a 6 digit number M/*****LL/A or similar ...

    Failing that do 'About This Mac' from the Apple menu and give the processor details ...

    Oh and edit your last post and delete your serial number ...

    Jon
     
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    the processor is: 700 mhz powerpc g4



    is that the info you need?

    thanks
     
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    Yes - that'll do ... unfortunately it's the first generation sunflower iMac and as such doesn't have any usb2 ports or any expansion to put one !!

    I think you might be able to do a *very* slow sync with usb1 port but it won't charge - or you can charge with the firewire port but won't sync to a new ipod ...

    :-(

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    thanks for your help! gutted about that one. :mad:


    will the 1st or 2nd gen nanos be ok?

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    hi again,

    tried to research a bit myself but cant find some answers.

    it seems the 2nd gen nano will work with osx 10.3, but it still requires a usb2 port to charge.


    but i cant find any info on how the 1st gen nano charges?? do i still need a usb2 port?

    is there no other way to charge the nano? via a mains operated dock etc?

    also how did the old ipods that were released the same time as the imac g4 used to charge?


    what does syncing mean? you mentioned it a few times but ive no idea what it is? is it to do with it automatically transfering songs from my imac to the nano as soon as you connect it?


    thanks mike
     
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    Mike

    the first gen nano (and other ipods to that point) used to connect with a firewire connection to the mac and used to charge and synchronise/load tracks from iTunes that way ... you have a firewire port on the back of your imac as well ...

    You can charge nano's through docks or with a usb mains connector like this: http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=9401D803&nplm=MA592

    But the main problem I think will be getting your iTunes music on to any new ipod from your g4 mac

    Jon
     
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    thanks for the reply


    looks like a 1st gen nano could be the best option.



    why will it be a problem getting the itunes music off the g4 onto the new nano?


    will it just be slower than the newer macs? or is it something more complicated?

    am i right in thinking i could "sync" an ipod nano through my usb1 on the imac? its only the charging that affected?

    thanks
     
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    That's the problem - some usb 2 devices will work in usb 1 sockets albeit *very* slowly ... however those that need more power to work will not as they can't draw enough power to operate before they can sync ... and with no separate power socket on the ipod you cant provide an external power source ...

    According to the Apple discussion site a 1st gen nano will work but will be very slow to sync - upside is a 1st generation ipod nano will be fairly cheap ...

    If you aren't bothered by having photos/etc then an ipod mini will connect via firewire and be much faster and probably cheaper than a nano - and if you fancy hacking it you can remove the hard drive inside and attached a compact flash memory card and dramatically extend the battery life !!

    Jon
     
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    thats my main problem with the 1st gen nano. 4gb just isnt enough.

    8gb would be just enough, but i cant get a regular ipod as i need a nano for the nike running attatchment.

    how slow are we talking when you say very slowly?
     
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    In pure speed terms usb 1 is 20 times slower than usb 2 - so significantly slower - hours for the first big copy/ sync

    Jon
     
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    so how does the firewire port on the 1st gen nano compare for speed?

    would you reccomend i go for the 1st gen?

    thanks
     

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