Recharging iPods without iTunes?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by MacSA, Nov 13, 2006.

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    MacSA

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    Is it possible to recharge an iPod on a computer that doesn't have iTunes installed and say running Windows ME? Particularly the shuffle/Nano?

    Doesn't it automatically start to recharge when its connected via USB?
     
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    Chundles

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    If the port is powered then yeah it should but, and I'm just brain-storming here so I'm probably wrong but, maybe if the computer doesn't recognise the device (ME wouldn't) it could cut the power to the port. I'll reiterate, I don't know if what I've just said is true, it's just me thinking out loud.
     
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    Warbrain

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    That would make some sense, especially if it's formatted for Mac. If it isn't, then a PC should be able to at least recognize it as a HDD.
     
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    ziwi

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    Yes - I have done this with a shuffle. Let it charge on my work PC for the gym. It just sees it as another drive.
     
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    Warbrain

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    That's because the shuffle is formatted to be read on both a Mac and a PC. But if the OP formatted his iPod to be Mac-only, the PC will not recognize the device. I've done this with a shuffle before, too, but the shuffle is a different creature than the full-size iPod.
     
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    Jasonbot

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    Hmm, I can charge my Mac formatted iPod on any PC! IDK about you you but charging just needs a USB port! Syncing is a different story though.
     
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    Warbrain

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    Some PCs will cut power to the USB port if the drive isn't recognized by the computer.
     
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    crees!

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    Correct, but it will still charge it even if it's formatted only for Mac but plugged into a Windows box.
     
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    MacSA

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    Well I would have assumed a Win ME PC would recognise a shuffle as a "Removable Drive" - like a flash memory drive? I have a USB2 flash drive that works fine on the Win ME PC.
     

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