Apple releases iPod Reset Utility 1.0.3 for Mac and Windows 2000/XP

Apple yesterday released iPod Reset Utility 1.0.3 for Mac and Windows which restores the following iPod models back to their factory settings, when iTunes is unable to do so:
• iPod shuffle (1st Generation)
• iPod shuffle (2nd Generation)

The restore process completely erases all music and data on your iPod, and installs current iPod software on it.

System Requirements:
• Mac OS X 10.3.9, or later*
• Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4, Windows XP with Service Pack 2**

*Mac OS X 10.2.8 customers with an iPod shuffle (1st generation) can use the iPod shuffle Reset Utility
**iPod Reset Utility 1.0.3 is not supported for use with Windows Vista

iPod Reset Utility 1.0.3 is available via Software Update and also as standalone installers:
• iPod Reset Utility 1.0.3 for Mac – 3.6MB
• iPod Reset Utility 1.0.3 for Windows – 4.9MB

More info about iPod Reset Utility can be found here.


  1. I have a shuffle and haven’t noticed any problems with it, though it’s not as heavily used as my iPod Video and iPhone… bought it for when I exercise… it’s sitting there collecting dust and I’m sitting here collecting pounds…

  2. My wife has had a shuffle for a year, and I don’t recall ever having to reset it. I have had to restore the older 1GB nano several times during the same time period because it would not turn off. The iPod nano was the first iPod in the family – we now have five including the older 20GB ‘classic’ that I inherited from a relative.

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