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duncanapple
Mar 23, 2009, 08:56 AM
Has anyone ordered the new shuffle that had the old (2nd gen) version? I am curious if the new USB/sync cable works on the old shuffle? I hate the cable/dock USB cable combo that came with my 2nd gen shuffle, would be great if the new cable worked with it. Not sure why it wouldn't since both version of the shuffle use the same audio/data port via the headphone jack.

The way the old 2nd gen cable had the 2.5mm jack perpendicular with the plastic dock, I am always afraid its going to poke a hole in my backpack with I carry it, plus I like how the new cord is shorter (a good benefit if you have a laptop or keyboard USB ports - sucks if you have to dangle it from a towers USB port lol)



jzuena
Mar 23, 2009, 11:14 AM
Has anyone ordered the new shuffle that had the old (2nd gen) version? I am curious if the new USB/sync cable works on the old shuffle? I hate the cable/dock USB cable combo that came with my 2nd gen shuffle, would be great if the new cable worked with it. Not sure why it wouldn't since both version of the shuffle use the same audio/data port via the headphone jack.

The way the old 2nd gen cable had the 2.5mm jack perpendicular with the plastic dock, I am always afraid its going to poke a hole in my backpack with I carry it, plus I like how the new cord is shorter (a good benefit if you have a laptop or keyboard USB ports - sucks if you have to dangle it from a towers USB port lol)

Apple's site explicitly calls out that the cable only works with the 3rd gen, so I am guessing it isn't going to work. If someone finds out for sure that it does that would be great for me as well.

Compatibility Information

The Apple iPod shuffle USB cable is compatible only with iPod shuffle (3rd generation)

mckyvlle
Apr 26, 2009, 06:04 PM
+1

Has anyone tried the Shuffle 3G USB cable on the 2G Shuffle?

Alternately, is the 3G Shuffle using the same pinouts as the 2G Shuffle? Like this (http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2006/11/homemade_usb_ca.html).

Diaresi
Apr 26, 2009, 07:04 PM
While this is purely speculative (I only have a 2G) but I think the chances are quite high that the 3G cable will work with the 2G. The male plug looks identical and I can't see any reason Apple would change the wiring.

mdwsta4
Apr 26, 2009, 09:15 PM
i guess my question would be why? are you buying a 3rd gen, but still planning on using the 2nd gen? if not, were you planning on buying the cable separately? if that's the case, how much does that cable cost? i can almost guarantee it'll be more expensive than incipio's adapter which is arguably smaller and nicer. i've never even used the 2nd gen's doc, always used this:
http://www.myincipio.com/product/IP-300/IncipioBud__USB_adapter_for_the_2nd_Gen_Apple_iPod_Shuffle_2G.html

i get what you're asking, but it doesn't make sense when there are options that are just as good and cheaper.

iEvolution
Apr 27, 2009, 01:17 AM
Nope, I can confirm that it does not work. I tried to free up some USB ports, the 2nd gen does not work on the 3rd gen cord. I believe this is probably something to do with the fact the 3G battery is significantly smaller than the 2G.

jpgnfx
May 20, 2009, 07:36 AM
actually i've been trying to find the pin-outs for shuffle 3G in vain.
i lost the cable and its considerably costly to replace :(
about 1/5 the price of the whole shuffle package.

resnovich
Jun 29, 2009, 11:45 AM
actually i've been trying to find the pin-outs for shuffle 3G in vain.
i lost the cable and its considerably costly to replace :(
about 1/5 the price of the whole shuffle package.

The 3g shuffle doesn't use the 5v power (red) and the usb cables are shipped without the wire connected at the usb end. I believe the 3g shuffle uses 3.3v over the data lines vice 5v which may explain why the battery is smaller but still able to last as long as it does.

I am not sure if plugging a 2g cable into a 3g shuffle will fry it. anyone willing to give it a go?

Fuchal
Jun 29, 2009, 06:16 PM
You can buy cables that work with the 2nd gen on ebay. http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-CABLE-SYNC-CHARGER-WIRE-CORD-For-iPod-SHUFFLE-2-MP3_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ65Q3a12Q7c66Q3a2Q7c39Q3a1Q7c72Q3a1234Q7c240Q3a1318Q7c301Q3a1Q7c293Q3 a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem3ef62372d1QQitemZ270417490641QQptZOtherQ5fMP3Q5fPl ayerQ5fAccessoriesQQsalenotsupported