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Ipod Shuffle --Pain In The Ass

I was installing Windows 2000 on a spare drive I had laying around. I wanted to play some Duke Nukem and I thought I could do it on 2000. Wrong. Since Duke Nukem is basically a dos game it has to be Windows 98 (at least to play online.) No wonder it's been so long since I've played online.

So when I went to install the Windows 2000 installer showed the ipod I had stupidly left in the dock. And without thinking I formatted it. So after much pain I was able to get it back to a usable state. Gah. I hate proprietary software.

It's even worse with Apple's Windows software --it's like their proprietary stuff on top of Microsoft's proprietary stuff. It's enough to drive anyone nuts.

I would plug in the shuffle and none of the Apple software would recognize it as an ipod --even the app that is supposed to be used in case of emergency to restore the firmware and filesystem. Ended up having to dl and use a time trial version of dataviz's Macopener.

After installing Macopener I was able to at least format the shuffle --format it mac style anyway. Then iTunes was able to recognize the drive and kind of install the firmware. And then I was able to run Ipod Updater.

Gah. What a pain in the ass. I can't figure out if it's that it's not really a usb mass storage device, or if there is just not really any support for such on windows.

So I have to use software that can make pretend I'm on a mac when I'm on windows which I'm using because there is no easy way to initialize an ipod to fat32 on linux.

Make sense? Not really.

I like ipods but the software for them sucks ass.



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