Apple releases iPod shuffle Reset Utility 1.0.1

Apple today released “iPod shuffle Reset Utility 1.0.1 for Mac” which restores the First Generation iPod shuffle. The restore process completely erases all music and data on iPod shuffle and reinstalls software version 1.1.5.

Note: iPod shuffle Reset Utility is only for First Generation 512MB and 1GB iPod shuffle. Any other iPod, including Second Generation iPod shuffle is not supported.

More info and download links:
iPod shuffle Reset Utility 1.0.1 for Mac
iPod shuffle Reset Utility 1.0.1 for Windows


  1. I don’t NEED it now either, but I am going to download it so I have it if my shuffle needs resetting. I can only assume that Apple is responding to a need with this software—a need that may show up tomorrow for all I know.

  2. The 1G shuffles had this deal where they would brick easily. By, say, plugging the shuffle into an Apple USB extender cord instead of directly into your machine. (I had to send one back.) Maybe this fixes that.

  3. exuce me, know this is not the right place for these questions, but I have read worse things here.

    long time iPod user, with 4,ooo plus songs, just switched to Mac, when I plug in my iPod, iTunes wnts to reformatt my iPod to Mac??, any way to transfer my “window formatted” iPod music to my new Mac??, any links to an iPod forumn, would be welcome.

    I am sure there is a simple way, but it took this long to switch to Mac, so you know I am not that bright

  4. iTunes doesn’t want to format “to Mac”, you’d get the same thing on a new Windows computer. You need to copy your iTunes library from your Windows machine to your mac machine. So you’re looking for a “switchers” forum (there might be some advice on… general problem of moving your files to your new mac.

    If you don’t have your Windows machine any more, you’re doing something that Apple “doesn’t support” (remember ipod is only a satellite for your computer home base–it’s the file in iTunes that matter.) I believe there are programs that will copy music from an ipod onto a computer… that’d be an ipod forum question.

    I network macs and windows machines together all the time so I’ve never needed the latter “unsupported” approach. And I’ve never actually “re-homed” my ipod or my music library, so I probably shouldn’t have tried to answer this at all. I just seem unable to focus on work today.

    And you’re right, much worse off-topic things appear here =).

  5. The best way to move your iTunes media, whether DRM’ed or not, is to network your old PC with your new Mac via Ethernet (or wirelss network if both machines support it). Then just copy over your iTunes library from the PC to the Mac. Alternately, you can use an external USB hard drive (or even use your iPod as an external hard drive) and transfer the files. Or if you can burn CD’s or DVD’s on the PC, you can transfer the files that way (while creating a backup at the same time). The bottom line is to transfer your media files from one computer to the computer, then let the Mac reformat and synch up your iPod with the newly transferred iTunes library. If you buy from the iTunes Store, be sure to de-authorize any computer you no longer plan to use with the iTunes Store. The limit per account is five computers.

    A good place to ask questions is in the Apple Support Forums. Just look for the iPod category that best fits your question, and ask away…

  6. After about 18 months of use and abuse, my 1G shuffle lost sound on the right side (it’s not the headphones and I did all the usual troubleshooting steps). Somewhat suspiciously, the problem happened at the same time as me upgrading to iTunes 7. I would be cool if this reset utility fixed my problem. I assumed the headphone port got damaged physically, but maybe not… I’ll give it a try.

  7. Maybe Apple might also get around to making 3rd generation ipods fully compatible with itunes 7x. Oh but then again, you’d have to admit that you’ve turned my first ipod into a paperweight. My reseller knows about the problem but Apple won’t accept responsibility. That’s the thanks I get for being a long-term Mac user.

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