USB vs. Firewire for iPod

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  1. stabes5150 macrumors newbie

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    Forgive me if this has been asked before.... for PC users, how long does it take to upload mp3s (say 15 songs/mp3s for example) to an iPod via a USB 2.0 port versus a Firewire port? I understand that a Firewire connection is faster, but is the difference in seconds, minutes or hours?

    Thanks!
     
  2. daxdagr8t macrumors member

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    Seconds i presume.I use usb 2.0 to transfer my songs and it doesnt take that long, about 5-7 seconds for ten songs.
     
  3. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    I have a feeling the difference is negligible.

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  4. justinshiding macrumors member

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    Supposedly usb 2.0 is faster for transfers. I use firewire since im always charging the ipod too and firewire is supposedly faster for that. I've never found a situation where it's made a difference actually....hehe i transfered 10 gigs of stuff in around 20 minutes (give or take)...seems fast enough for me
     
  5. AmbitiousLemon Moderator emeritus

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    not exactly what you are looking for since it is mac centric, but some good info on usb vs firewire speeds. towards the end of the article is mentions usb 2 speeds on a pc, unfortunately no speeds listed for fw on a pc. still an interesting read though, perhaps someone can find a pc version somewhere.

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  6. Veldek macrumors 68000

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    Wow, that’s surprising. I always thought FireWire would be better than USB 2.0. But this story shows USB 2.0 in front of FireWire when using an iPod on a PC. I wonder if it’s because of the PC or if you would get the same results on a Mac.
     
  7. solvs macrumors 603

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    USB speeds will depend on your CPU speed. USB 2 is theoretically faster, but in most tests FW beats it hands down. Especially with large or streaming files. So if you have a ton of files you're transferring or if they're larger, FW is the way to go. However, to answer you're question, if you have a pretty fast PC (well, pretty much anything over a 1GHz CPU) the difference will probably be negligible. From a few seconds with small or fewer files (like 15, 5MB mp3s), to maybe a few minutes tops for larger or more files.

    If you already have USB 2 it's no biggy for what you'd do, but if you have firewire or can get a firewire card cheap, I'd use that. Do a search in the forums for previous threads on the subject that can probably go into more detail.
     

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