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2. Non-iPod Hardware > 29. Run iTunes on an Old Mac

Run iTunes on an Old Mac

Give your legacy Mac hardware a nudge into OS X with this XPostFacto hack and bring it into the digital music age.

Wait! Don’t throw out that old Power Mac or Umax clone; it just might be up for a little Mac OS X sprucing. Some of those old Macs will actually run Mac OS X, with a little help from an unassuming-looking control panel. Once you’ve Pantherized your old Mac, it will run iTunes quite nicely. While you won’t want to use the machine as a dedicated iTunes machine, it can make a great node on your network. You can throw it in your den and access your iTunes collection anytime, thanks to the Rendezvous sharing built right into iTunes.

I recently gave an old 7500 a G3 upgrade card from Sonnet ( http://www.sonnettech.com), a quad-port FireWire card, and a dual-port USB card (only $37, combined). Mac OS 9 ran rather snappily and the machine served quite nicely as a USB print server. Then I stumbled across a little something called XPostFacto (http://eshop.macsales.com/OSXCenter/XPostFacto/), which is open source and free.


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