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Get Music on your iPod without iTunes! - Rockbox


(OS X 10.4 Tiger minimum ) 

With iTunes evolving with time it becomes less and less compatible with PowerPC Macs, which arises a problem of being able to sync anything to your ipod. Instead of struggling with compatibility problems I recommend switching to Rockbox.

What Rockbox does is basically installs a new Operating system on your ipod , from there to sync anything you just drag and drop items into the folders on the device, no need for iTunes. For new users thought it might be a bit tricky to install so here are the necessary steps to take. 

Download Rockbox via the link above, then extract it and run "RockboxUtility" 

When first opened it should open to the Configuration window, from there click "auto detect" and it should find the right version of ipod you are using, if it doesn't than google is your friend. Choose the stable release to install, from there you have the option to install other things such as extra themes, games , etc.

Also inside the app you can uninstall Rockbox so if you don't like it you are not stuck with it and can go back to the default ipod os at any time.

Once you have that all setup click "Install" and obviously don't unplug your ipod while it is installing. Also if you have anything on your ipod that you really don't want to lose BACK IT UP before installing. 

Once it is done installing, eject your ipod and unplug it from your computer and wait for it to restart. You will now see the Rockbox OS , which is pretty similar to the default ipod OS , make sure you click on "database" and let it create all the files necessary it should take a while, I mean a long while. then have a few clicks are around and get a feel for it. Then plug it back into your computer.


If it does not already exist create a folder on your ipod called "Music" . The name doesn't matter. Now simply drag / copy and paste, all your music into that folder. AND you're done! You can also make extra folders for things such as Photos, Notes ,etc.

To access music on your ipod simply click on "Files" > Music then click a song and it should start playing.