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iPod Shuffle FAT32 Formatting

John Gruber:

The “it just works” factor has been one of the hallmarks of the Mac user experience since day one; using an iPod Shuffle as a disk drive forces you to be aware of arcane and bizarre file naming restrictions, and thus is utterly un-Mac-like. I’m not pointing this out to claim it’s cause for alarm, that the sky is falling, or that the iPod Shuffle “sucks”. I’m just saying it’s a little sad when Apple Computer, of all companies, tells us that punctuation such as ‘=’ and ‘;’ are “special characters”.

2 Comments

Rory Gallagher

Would you happen to know how long it takes to format an Ipod?..
It's a 20GB Ipod and it's been formatting for 10 hours and I believe that's not right.

I'd like to know the answer to this too. I also have the 20 and it's been formatting for hours... Did you get a resolution?

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