Archived - iTunes 3: Playback Device Compatibility

This document contains the iTunes device compatibility as of 2004-01-19.
This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.
Playback Device Compatibility

MP3 players

Enjoy your MP3s on the go. It's easy with iTunes 3. Connect your MP3 player to your Mac and its icon appears in the iTunes window. Just drag tracks to it from your library or playlist, and you're ready to hit the road. iTunes 3 supports today's most popular USB and Firewire based MP3 players.

The iPod is the perfect companion to iTunes 3. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand yet big on performance, iPod holds over 4,000 songs and syncing a CD's worth of music takes only seconds with FireWire.

MP3 Players Manufacturer Format
iPod Apple FireWire
Nomad II Creative Labs USB
Nomad II MG Creative Labs USB
Nomad II c Creative Labs USB
Nomad Jukebox Creative Labs USB
Nomad Jukebox 20GB Creative Labs USB
Nomad Jukebox C Creative Labs USB
Rio One SONICBlue/S3 USB
Rio 500 SONICBlue/S3 USB
Rio 600 SONICBlue/S3 USB
Rio 800 SONICBlue/S3 USB
Rio 900 SONICBlue/S3 USB
psa]play 60 Nike USB
psa]play 120 Nike USB
SoundSpace 2 Nakamichi USB

CD MP3 Players

iTunes has built-in support for CD MP3 players.

CD MP3 Players Manufacturer  
RioVolt SP250 SONICBlue/S3  
RioVolt SP100 SONICBlue/S3  
RioVolt SP90 SONICBlue/S3  

FireWire and USB CD-R Compatibility

Making Custom CDs

Using iTunes 3 Mac OS X you can create (or burn) custom audio CDs which are playable in your car, portable CD player and home stereo system using iTunes. You can also make custom MP3 CDs, standard audio CDs and data CDs directly from the Finder.

Using FireWire and USB external drives

While running Mac OS X you can create CDs using many FireWire and USB external media burners. For better performance and reliability, use FireWire drives.

To see if your drive is supported, open iTunes then choose Preferences from the Edit menu. Click the Advanced icon. In the CD Burning section of the Preferences window, check to see if your drive is listed. If it is listed then your Macintosh recognizes and works with your drive and you can use it to burn CDs. For more information about identifying the firmware and mechanisms of your drive, see the Apple Knowledge Base article: How to Determine an Optical Drive's Mechanism and Firmware Version.

FireWire, USB, and USB 2.0 drives tested with iTunes

Below is a list of drives and their corresponding mechanisms and firmware that support CD burning on Macintosh computers running Mac OS X. Some drives do not reliably play music or import songs into MP3 format. You may find that using the built-in CD/DVD drive or SuperDrive works better for these tasks.

Drive compatibility may vary due to manufacturers' use of multiple mechanisms or firmware versions in the same product. This compatibility list includes only those combinations tested by Apple.

Drives Mechanism Firmware Type First included with
APS Tech 8x4x32x Plus MATSHITA CD-RW CW-7586 1.06 FireWire/USB 10.1
Buffalo CDRW-IL8432 PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W8432T 1.08 FireWire 10.1
Buffalo CRWiF-B1210 PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W1210A 1.05 FireWire 10.1
BUSLink RW1232FM LITE-ON LTR-12101B LS3D FireWire 10.1
BUSLink RW2440FM LITE-ON LTR-24102B 5S03 FireWire 10.1.2
BUSLink RW4048FM AOPEN 40X12X48 CD-RW 1.07 FireWire 10.2.5
BUSLink RW4848FM AOPEN 48X12X50 CD-RW 1.04 FireWire 10.2.5
BUSLink RW5252FM AOPEN 52X24X52 CD-RW 1.04 FireWire 10.2.5
BUSLink RW5252FM LITE-ON LTR-52246S 6S02 FireWire 10.2.3
CD Cyclone CDRevo FireWire 24x10x40x SANYO CRD-BP1500P 6.34 FireWire 10.1
EZQuest Boa 12x10x32x TEAC CD-W512E 2.5c FireWire 10.1
EZQuest Boa 16x10x40x SANYO CRD-BP1400P 5.30 FireWire 10.1
EZQuest Boa 16x10x40x TEAC CD-W516E 1.0A FireWire 10.1
EZQuest Boa 24x10x40x SANYO CRD-BP1500P 6.34 FireWire 10.1
EZQuest Boa 24x10x40x TEAC CD-W524E 1.0A FireWire 10.1.4
EZQuest Boa 32x10x40x SANYO CRD-BP1600P 2.4 FireWire 10.1.3
EZQuest Boa 40x12x48x LITE-ON LTR-40125S ZS03 FireWire 10.1.4
EZQuest Boa 40x12x48x TEAC CD-W540E 1.0B FireWire 10.2
EZQuest Boa 48x12x48x LITE-ON LTR-48125W VS01 FireWire 10.1.5
EZQuest Boa 52x24x52x LITE-ON LTR-52246S 6S02 FireWire 10.2.3
EZQuest Boa 8x8x32x TEAC CD-W58E 1.0A FireWire 10.1
Fantom Drives 8x4x32x MATSHITA CD-RW CW-7585 1.01 FireWire 10.1
Fantom Drives 8x4x32x PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W8432T 1.05 FireWire 10.1
Formac CD-RW 40x12x48x LITE-ON LTR-40125S ZS03 FireWire 10.1.4
Formac CD-RW 40x12x48x LITE-ON LTR-40125W WS03 FireWire 10.2.3
Formac CD-RW 48x12x48x LITE-ON LTR-48125W VS01 FireWire 10.1.5
Formac Devideon FWD1496-3DVD-R TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-R5112 1003 FireWire 10.2.8
Freecom CD-RW 8x4x32x PHILIPS R/RW 8x4x32 2,0 FireWire/USB 10.1
Freecom Traveller CD-RW 4x4x20x RICOH CD-R/RW RW8040A 1.13 FireWire 10.1
I-O Data CDRWD-i1210j RICOH DVD/CDRW RW9120 1.30 FireWire/USB2 10.1.3
I-O Data CDRW-i16j RICOH CD-R/RW RW7163A BO08 FireWire/USB2 10.1.3
LaCie CD-RW 12x10x32x SANYO CDBP-121032 1.02 FireWire 10.1
LaCie CD-RW 16x10x40x HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8160B 1.02 FireWire/USB 10.1.3
LaCie CD-RW 16x10x40x PHILIPS R/RW 16x10A B1.5 FireWire/USB2 10.2
LaCie CD-RW 16x10x40x SANYO CDBP-161040 5.29 FireWire 10.1
LaCie CD-RW 16x10x40x YAMAHA CRW2100 1.0H FireWire/USB 10.1
LaCie CD-RW 24x10x40x SANYO CRD-BP1500P 6.34 FireWire 10.1
LaCie CD-RW 24x10x40x SANYO CDBP-241040A 6.34 FireWire/USB 10.1
LaCie CD-RW 24x10x40x TEAC CD-W524E 1.0A FireWire/USB 10.1.4
LaCie CD-RW 24x12x40x MITSUMI CR-48X9TE 1.0C FireWire/USB2 10.1.4
LaCie CD-RW 32x10x40x SANYO CDBP-321040A 2.40 FireWire/USB 10.1.3
LaCie CD-RW 32x12x40x MITSUMI CR-48XATE 1.0C FireWire/USB2 10.1.4
LaCie CD-RW 40x12x48x LITE-ON LTR-40125S ZS03 FireWire 10.1.4
LaCie CD-RW 40x12x48x SANYO CDBP-401248A 1.00 FireWire/USB2 10.2
LaCie CD-RW 40x12x48x TEAC CD-W540E 1.0B FireWire/USB2 10.2
LaCie CD-RW 48x12x48x LITE-ON LTR-48125W VS01 FireWire/USB2 10.1.5
LaCie CD-RW 8x4x32x MATSHITA CD-RW CW-7586 1.06 FireWire/USB 10.1
LaCie d2 CD-RW 48x12x48x LITE-ON LTR-48126S 2S0D FireWire 10.2.3
LaCie d2 CD-RW 48x12x48x MITSUMI CR-48XETE 482R FireWire 10.2.4
LaCie d2 CD-RW 48x24x48x LITE-ON LTR-48246S SS02 FireWire 10.2.2
LaCie d2 CD-RW 52x24x52x LITE-ON LTR-52246S 6S02 FireWire 10.2.3
LaCie d2 CD-RW 52x24x52x MITSUMI CR-487ETE 0019 FireWire 10.2.4
LaCie d2 CD-RW 52x32x52x LITE-ON LTR-52327S QS01 FireWire 10.2.8
LaCie d2 DVD MultiDrive MATHISTA DVD-RAM SW-9571 A106 FireWire/USB2 10.2.4
LaCie d2 DVD+/-RW PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-106 1.06 FireWire/USB2 10.2.8
LaCie d2 DVD-RW PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-104 1.00 FireWire/USB2 10.1.2
LaCie DVD-RW U&I PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-103 1.44 FireWire/USB2 10.1
LaCie Pocket CDRW 16x10x40x TEAC CD-W216E 1.0A FireWire/USB2 10.1.4
LaCie Pocket CDRW 24x10x24x TEAC CD-W224EA 1.0A FireWire/USB2 10.2.1
LaCie Pocket CDRW 4x4x24x TEAC CD-W24E 1.0A FireWire/USB 10.1
LaCie Pocket CDRW 8x4x24x SONY CD-RW CRX700 1.1k FireWire/USB 10.1
LaCie Pocket CDRW 8x8x24x MATSHITA UJDA340 1.50 FireWire/USB2 10.1.3
Logitec LCW-E48F 52x24x52x _NEC CD-RW NR-9300A 2.12 FireWire 10.2.8
Logitec LCW-P1210BF PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W1210A 1.05 FireWire 10.1
Logitec LCW-Y2010BFU YAMAHA CRW2200E 1.0D FireWire/USB 10.1.3
MacPower Cold Chisel CD-RW/DVD-Rom LITE-ON COMBO LSC-24081 3M06 FireWire 10.2.4
MCE Lucid CDRW Drive 24x10x24x MATSHITA UJDA360 1.00 FireWire 10.2.1
MCE Lucid-SD DVD-R/RW Drive TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-R6012 1031 FireWire 10.2.8
OWC Mercury Pro CD-RW Lite-On52x24x52x LITE-ON LTR-52246S 6S02 FireWire 10.2.3
QPS Que!Fire 12x10x32x LITE-ON LTR-12101B LS3D FireWire 10.1
QPS Que!Fire 12x10x32x PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W1210A 1.07 FireWire 10.1
QPS Que!Fire 12x10x32x TEAC CD-W512E 2.0b FireWire 10.1
QPS Que!Fire 16x10x40x PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W1610A 1.00 FireWire 10.1
QPS Que!Fire 16x10x40x SANYO CRD-BP1400P 5n31 FireWire 10.1
QPS Que!Fire 16x10x40x TEAC CD-W516E 1.0A FireWire 10.1
QPS Que!Fire 24x10x40x ARTEC RW-241040 0.99 FireWire 10.1.3
QPS Que!Fire 24x10x40x PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W2410A 1.00 FireWire 10.1.2
QPS Que!Fire 24x10x40x SANYO CRD-BP1500P 6.34 FireWire 10.1
QPS Que!Fire 32x10x40x SANYO CRD-BP1600P 2.4 FireWire 10.1.3
QPS Que!Fire 32x12x40x MITSUMI CR-48XATE 1.0D FireWire 10.1.4
QPS Que!Fire 40x12x40x SANYO CRD-BP1700P 1.05 Firewire 10.2
QPS Que!Fire 8x4x32x PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W8432T 1.07 FireWire 10.1
QPS Que!Fire 8x4x32x SAMSUNG CD-R/RW SW-208B BQ01 FireWire 10.1
Sony CRX120 SONY CD-RW CRX120 1.0j FireWire 10.1
Sony CRX140Ei SONY CD-RW CRX140 1.2a FireWire 10.1
Sony CRX1600L SONY CD-RW CRX160 1.0e FireWire 10.1
Sony CRX1650L SONY CD-RW CRX1611 TYS3 FireWire 10.1.2
Sony CRX75L SONY CD-RW CRX75L 0.6a FireWire 10.1
Sony CRX85A SONY CD-RW CRX85A 1.0f FireWire/USB 10.1.3
Sony Spressa CRX145 SONY CD-RW CRX145 1.0b FireWire 10.1
TDK DED+440 DVD+/-R/RW TDK DVDRW0404N 1.06 FireWire/USB2 10.2.8
TDK VeloCD 24x10x32x FP TDK CDRW241032FPX 8.40 FireWire 10.2.1
TDK VeloCD 24x10x40x F TDK CDRW241040B 57S2 FireWire 10.2.1
Teac CD-RW5120I TEAC CD-W512E 2.5c FireWire 10.1
Visual Frontier COHH-B1-A48 HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4320B 1.00 FireWire 10.2.4
Visual Frontier COSP-B1-C24 TEAC DW-224E 1.0A FireWire 10.2.5
Visual Frontier RWSP-B1-C24 TEAC CD-W224EA 1.0A FireWire 10.2.1
VST CD-R/RW FWCDRW-F RICOH CD-R/RW RW8040A 1.30 FireWire 10.1
VST CD-R/RW FWCDRW-V RICOH CD-R/RW RW8040A 1.30 FireWire 10.1
VST CD-R/RW FWCDRW-V16 TEAC CD-W216E 0.9A FireWire 10.1.4
VST CD-R/RW FWCDRW-V8 TEAC CD-W28E 1.1A FireWire 10.1
Yamaha CRW2100IX YAMAHA CRW2100 1.0N FireWire 10.1
Yamaha CRW2200IX YAMAHA CRW2200E 1.0D FireWire 10.1.3
Yamaha CRW3200IX YAMAHA CRW3200E 1.00 FireWire/USB2 10.1.3
Yamaha CRW-F1 YAMAHA CRW-F1 1.0c FireWire/USB 10.2.2
BUSLink RW1640FM LITE-ON LTR-16101B TS0N FireWire 10.3
Iomega CD-RW 40x12x48x LITE-ON CDRW2304FEXT-B ZOX2 FireWire 10.3
Ratoc RCD-PN0804P CD-RW MATSHITA CDRRW07 1.00 FireWire/USB 10.3
EZQuest Boa 4x4x32x TEAC CD-W54E 1.0A USB 10.1
Iomega Predator CD-RW 4x4x6x PHILIPS ZIPCD1024EXT P1.2, P2.0 USB2 10.1
Iomega ZIPCD650 PHILIPS ZIPCD 650 I1.1, I2,2 USB 10.1
LaCie CD-RW 4x4x8x MITSUMI CR-4802TE 2.1D USB 10.1
LaCie CD-RW 4x4x8x MITSUMI CR-4804TE 3.0D USB 10.1
QPS Que!Fire 4x4x8x MITSUMI CR-4802TE 2.1D USB 10.1
QPS Que!Fire 4x4x8x MITSUMI CR-4804TE 3.0D USB 10.1
Sony CRX10U SONY CD-RW CRX10U 2.0b USB 10.1
Sony Spressa CRX100 SONY CD-RW CRX100 1.0j USB 10.1
VST Portable CD-R/RW USBCDRW-F RICOH CD-R/RW RW8040A 1.30 USB 10.1
Iomeag Predator 40x12x40x LITE-ON CDRW38402EXT2-B UOS1 USB2 10.3
Iomega CD-RW 16x10x40x LITE-ON CDRW6402EXT-B UOSA USB2 10.3
Iomega CD-RW 24x10x40x LITE-ON CDRW9602EXT3-B 5OX1 USB2 10.3
Iomega CD-RW 40x12x48x LITE-ON CDRW23042EXT3-B ZOP1 USB2 10.3
LaCie Fusion CD-RW LC241032 PHILIPS JR/RW24 P1.1 USB2 10.3
Yamaha CRW-70 YAMAHA CRW-70 1.00 USB 10.3
MCE Xcar�t Pro 8x8x24x MATSHITA UJDA340 1.50 Expansion Bay 10.1.3
VST 4x Exp. Bay Module RICOH CD-R/RW RW8040A 1.30 Expansion Bay 10.1

Note: If you plan on using other CD burning software along with iTunes or for additional help please contact the your drive vendor or the vendor of the CD burning software.

Last Modified: Feb 18, 2012
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