Shuffle 3G cable, for Shuffle 2G?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by duncanapple, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    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)
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Burlington, MA, USA
    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.

  3. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2007
    London, UK

    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.
  4. macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2007
    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.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    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:

    i get what you're asking, but it doesn't make sense when there are options that are just as good and cheaper.
  6. macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    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.
  7. macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2009
    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.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2009
    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?
  9. macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003

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