My 2+ year old ipod suddenly refused to mount on Mac desktop or charge battery. The ipod screen when connected to computer alternate between apple symbol and "very low battery please wait." I installed a new battery and have the same results.
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Since iPods are basically big hard drives with special software and a screen, the hard drive in your iPod needs to be formatted. Formatting is essentially the process of prepping the drive to talk to the computer it connects to.
Luckily, you usually don't have to worry about formatting your iPod. Formatting happens automatically when you first set up your iPod. If you use your iPod with a Mac, during this process it becomes Mac formatted. If you use it with Windows, it gets Windows formatting.
If you want to clear the hard drive...the way you will format it you will double left click on "My computer" when the window opens you will have to find your Ipod amonst the listings...right click on it and select "format"...the follow the instructions Please take time to rate me
Sounds like a built in glitch ... You might want to take it back under manufacturer's warranty and get a completely different MP3 Player/iPod, because it sounds like a scamming item - for $400 I'd demand answers.
It may sound a bit cheeky, but I find reputable models, like Goodmans, JVC and Sony work without a problem, and buying cheaper models with mass GB space would seem a bit too good to be true.
First, you should download iPodRip off http://www.ipodrip.com/ and backup all of you music ect on your ipod (iPodRip is compatible for Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5). Once you have done this try and reformat the drive through itunes. Good luck! Jaxon