View Full Version : Connecting 3rd G Ipod to new MBP

Oct 23, 2008, 04:14 PM
Hello, So I have a 3rd generation ipod from 2004 that I absolutely love. My question is how to connect this to my brand new Macbook Pro? Will it work? I guess the best place to start would be a firewire 400 -> 800 cable. Will this old ipod work with the new software? Thanks in advance for any help.

Oct 23, 2008, 04:20 PM
I thought the 3rd Gen iPods had a USB cable. If not then just use a 6 pin to 4 pin FW adapter.

iTunes will recognize the device just fine.

Oct 23, 2008, 04:25 PM
Thanks. I think my ipod only came with firewire. But it was four and a half years ago...

Oct 23, 2008, 05:11 PM
the 3rd gen came with usb about half way through its life.
Just ebay a USB cable, easy stuff

Oct 23, 2008, 05:15 PM
Anyone else still a fan of the 3rd Gen? I never see them. I love how simple it is. Music player. No colors, no pictures, no videos, no BS!

Oct 23, 2008, 05:38 PM
I used to have a 3rd gen iPod. In fact, it was my first Apple product. Loved the simple look with white scroll wheel and touch buttons. the buttons were slightly annoying though since they would be activated with static in my pocket, but other than that, it was really a brilliant little gadget with the dock and all that. can't believe i paid 400 dollars for just 15gb of music storage. how far we have come since.

Oct 23, 2008, 07:53 PM
You should still be able to buy the splitter cable, which has both USB and Firewire cables. This will allow you to sync via USB and charge with Firewire. But all told, you might be better off upgrading to the Classic, it is a better machine in every respect that matters - codec performance, headphone-jack sound, battery life, etc. I also grew to dislike the touch controls on the 3G quite a lot.

Oct 23, 2008, 07:55 PM
The 3G will sync via Firewire or USB but will only charge via Firewire.

One of the USB/Firewire combo cable should do the trick, plug the FW into your power adapter and the USB into the computer.