Author Topic: Is It Worth It to Sync iPod Classic?  (Read 3314 times)


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I am wondering if the effort vs. reward ratio is actually worth syncing an iPod classic to Musicbee. I just got a laptop that runs Windows 8.1, I've been using iTunes with various Macbook Pros since 2007. I found iTunes to be annoying and glitchy on OSX and I don't even want to know how glitchy it is on a Windows machine. I love Musicbee so far and I love how easy it is to convert files to basically any format you wish within the GUI.

Here are a few questions that I would really appreciate answered from those who got the iPod classic working with Musicbee.

1) Do you have to Jailbreak the iPod in order to sync with Musicbee?
2) If so, what software would you recommend using to do so?
3) Do you find that your iPod works well with Musicbee or is it more trouble than it's worth?


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I sync my 7th gen iPod Classic with MusicBee (Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit). I have a fairly large library, mostly encoded in FLAC, and MusicBee's on-the-fly conversions work quite well. No jailbreak/alternate firmware is required for the Classic. Disk-mode might have to be enabled for it to work, however, I can't remember.

For more info, see the FAQ:

If you need additional functionality for syncing, there is a plugin to give more features.

Edit: the one issue I have encountered is that my 96 kHz sampled songs didn't convert/play right. I haven't looked into it yet.


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I'm not quite sure what gen my iPod Classic is yet. It has the split screen menu and it's 120GB. That's great that you don't have to jailbreak.


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You definitely won't have to jailbreak the iPod.  But you should search the forums for something like "iPod Classic" as there have been a good number of discussions about it.  Typically the more recent generations (6 & 7, maybe even 5) won't work unless you use the iPod plugin.  I've got a 160 gb classic and have been using it with MB for a good number of years.  I posted a thread a while ago about which version of iTunes the iPod needs to be initialized with in order for it to work without the plugin.
Last Edit: March 23, 2015, 05:08:44 PM by phred
Download the latest MusicBee v3.4 patch from here.
Download the latest MusicBee v3.5 beta patch from here.
Unzip into your MusicBee directory and overwrite existing files.

Check out the MusicBee Wiki.
How to post screenshots is here