Restore Those iTunes

I received a very interesting e-mail from a good friend of mine with whom I go back a bunch of years.:

I have been using the iPod Nano I bought in 2008 (3rd generation ?) with iTunes
on a MacBook. I have now bought a new Nano (5th generation ? – in any case, the
smaller square one) which I want to use with iTunes running a PC netbook running
Windows 7.
Can you tell me which files (and anything else) I need to copy from the
MacBook to the netbook to have the new iPod contain the same music as is on the
older one ? For that matter, is it possible to do it this way ?

Also, I have discovered (as I probably should have expected) that the iPod
cannot be used as delivered under Windows but must be reformatted; or in the
terminology used by iTunes, “restored” (though I can’t quite see how anything
can be restored when it never was in that state). However, when I click the
Restore button in iTunes, it says it needs to have access to the internet. For
various reasons, this netbook has never been connected to the internet, and I
don’t intend to connect it now. Is there some other way I can reformat the iPod
? It is fresh brand new and never had anything placed on it. it’s never even
been given a name.”

To him, I can only say that it is just a matter of learning how to do the syncing properly. Syncing with the iPod and iTunes is very simple and a lot of people do not understand that it really is just a point-and-click kind of system.

Once you start to get the hang of it, it is something that you will never let go of. Much like my love for iPods which of course goes on and on and on. It’s almost like a love Jam from the 70s.

Here was my answer:

“It wants to connect you with the store (surprise))
and with Apple to register it. It also will check
for software updates in case there are some
available. I have the Nano and like it real well,
it’s connected to my Dell laptop/Win 7. All of my
Apple devices can reach out to Apple via wifi
connections or via Windows. I use an iPhone,
Touch, two iPods (older), an iPad and now the new

I am enjoying the Nano the most. I suffer with
night pain associated with diabetes and RA and the
Nano is playing classical music in my ears while I
sleep and for the first time in a long time I am
sleeping painfree and often for four or five hours
at a time. I blame all this good stuff on Il Divo
and the new Nano. I just ordered a Bose headset,
paid more for it than I have ever paid for any
speakers, and look forward to listening to Il Divo
via Bose while I nod off.

You shouldn’t have any problems with an iPod and a
PC. I thought the iPods came out of the factory
intended for Windows and it was the Mac people who
had to change some settings when starting up. I
don’t think I have ever done anything but plug the
device in and sync.”

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