1st Gen iPod Touch only charges with Firewire not USB

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by 02ssmdx, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. 02ssmdx macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2011
    I'm wondering if someone can help me with this. I have a 1st Gen ipod touch. It does not charge with the usb cable. It will only charge with my old ipod firewire cable/charger. It's not the usb cable as it does charge our other ipod.

    The ipod has not been jailbroken.

    Has anyone see this and is there a fix for it? I'm worried that once that if i anything happens to the firewire cable/charger, I'm out of luck.

    My kids use the 1st gen ipod for their games and entertainment and I don't see a need to buy a new one, as long as this one still works fine.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. jonrando macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2011
    Most games will slowly stop supporting the OS version the 1st gen uses so that would be a reason to buy a new one. The newer iPod touch is also faster and thinner, has the retina display, and will support iOS 4.1 and up.

    Back to your original inquiry, the 1st generation iPod touch does not support USB and it only supports firewire.

    Quote from Apple's support page:

    The newer iPod touch (the 4th gen, and also the 2nd and 3rd) ONLY support USB charging which is currently an industry standard for such types of devices.
  3. WB2Colorado macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2008
    Durango, Colorado
    I don't know why Apple's site says that. My first generation iPod touch charges fine over USB. Unless I got a one-of-a-kind unit, the original poster's iPod is defective.
  4. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Does iTunes still see it? What happens if you turn off the iPod and plug it into a computer's USB port, does it turn back on?
  5. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

    May 16, 2006
    The text that was quoted in that link was taken out of context.

    Every iPod touch has always supported USB for both synch and charging. As a special case, though, the original iPod touch had additional support, on top of USB, for charging through firewire.

    To summarize:
    The original iPod touch supported SYNCHING using USB but NOT Firewire.

    The original iPod touch supported CHARGING using BOTH USB AND Firewire.

    Subsequent generations of iPod touch supported USB for SYNCHING and CHARGING, but did not support Firewire at all.

    If the OP's iPod touch cannot charge through USB, but the same USB cable and USB port does work for charging other iDevices, then the OP most likely has a defective iPod touch -- or perhaps the USB port is under-powered, and the other iDevice demands a lower charging current.

    In the second case, it might be helpful to try plugging directly into a USB port at the computer, rather than plugging in through a hub. Or else, try using an independently powered USB hub.
  6. IBM macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2011
    ipod touch volume problem

    i have a 1g ipod touch and the voulme is low and when playing music i dont see any volume options
  7. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

    May 16, 2006
    I don't mean to be rude, but are you kidding???
  8. bigboi00069 macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
    I have the same problem with my ipod. Charges via firewire just fine, but does not see USB cables (no charge or sync), i assume there is something physically wrong with the connector on the ipod. You think apple will fix it?

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