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13-01-2007, 08:57 AM
A friend is wanting to use his iPod with Windows 98SE but since iPod and iTunes do not support Win98 I am wondering how successful third-party software is to overcome this.

Is anyone here using their iPod with Win98?

Speedy Gonzales
13-01-2007, 09:07 AM
Winamp supports Ipods natively now. As well as some Creative players. And most probably a few other MP3 players.

Not too sure if the Portables option supports 98se tho.

It can also list / transfer MP3's.

If it doesn't, install the Mlipod plugin. (http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=106528) then it will.

13-01-2007, 09:28 AM
Thanks Speedy. I'm also wondering about the iPod's USB support as it looks like a third-party driver needs to be installed for that as well. I don't think this PC has firewire.

13-01-2007, 09:31 AM
Upgrade the PC to 2k or XP, then it'll work perfectly.

Speedy Gonzales
13-01-2007, 09:34 AM
Does she/he have USB 2 ports on the computer??

Can't see why it wouldn't work. Since I'm pretty surer 98 SE + supports USB 2.

Has she/he got the USB cable for the Ipod?

Does 98 SE ask for a driver, when u plug it into a USB port?

Altho on the Apple site it says

Windows system requirements

* PC with USB 2.0
* Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or later, or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later
* iTunes 7 or later

So, 98 SE may not work.

13-01-2007, 09:40 AM
iPods can be installed on Win98Se but a fiddly workaround is generally required. It is generally much easier to use Win2000

13-01-2007, 09:52 AM
Does she/he have USB 2 ports on the computer??

Can't see why it wouldn't work. Since I'm pretty surer 98 SE + supports USB 2.

Yes, he does have USB ports but "Windows 98 and ME does not come with the drivers you need to access your iPod." from here (http://www.vonnieda.org/vPod/). Other sites say the same. You have to get third-party USB drivers.

Speedy Gonzales
13-01-2007, 09:54 AM
This (http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/usbmsd98.php)

May fix it, BUT it's not an official version.

And either Winamp or Xplay 2 (http://www.mediafour.com/products/xplay/) should work. Altho Xplay 2 is a 15 day trial by the looks of it.

There is another site, but u haveta pay $5 to download a driver/exe install file, which says it supports 98 with an Ipod.

13-01-2007, 09:56 AM
Thanks Speedy, I'll pass that info on. :)

Speedy Gonzales
13-01-2007, 10:05 AM
No worries :)

I think Anapod and Anapod Explorer I think they're called can also be used for Ipod.

I think 1 or both are open source. There should be some more open source programs out there somewhere.

13-01-2007, 10:15 AM
Useless information file #1: Windows 95b supports USB. :D