iPod 5.5G iPod Charging w/out using iTunes

pcguru83

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New iPod owner here and I'm having an issue that's driving me nuts. I initially purchased a new 2G Nano, but wasn't very happy with the loose click wheel issues, so I returned it and decided to just go ahead and go for the 30GB video iPod. I am SOOO glad I did, this thing is awesome.

For all intents and purposes, this is my first iPod. My one-day experience with the 2G Nano doesn't really count. Here's my question:

I'd like to be able to sit at my desk, with the iPod in the dock, and have a video playing while I working. The whole reason I bought the dock was so that I wouldn't have to worry about battery life while at work. Seems pretty straightforward, but here's the problem.

My work computer only has iTunes 6 installed. Getting iTunes 7 installed is not an option at the moment. Obviously, the new 5.5G iPods won't work with iTunes 6 (at least that I've found), so my iPod only shows up as an additional disk in My Computer. The battery is getting power at this point, but the iPod is not usable in this state because it says, "Do not disconnect." flashing on the screen. When you do "Safely Remove Hardware" from within Windows, it seems to stop giving power to the iPod because the battery begins to run down.

Hopefully this clear. Is there a way to do what I'm trying to do? Thanks guy!
 

eb6

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Sep 7, 2006
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two solutions

1-Get a mac, they charge even after you eject them.

2-Wall charger.

Thats all i know:D
 

pcguru83

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eb6 said:
two solutions

1-Get a mac, they charge even after you eject them.

2-Wall charger.

Thats all i know:D
Hmmm, I had no idea a wall charger existed. Is this something Apple makes, or is it a third party solution? Until I can talk our IT guy into putting iTunes 7 on my PC at work ;), sounds like that would be the best bet.

EDIT: Nevermind, I went and looked at the Apple Store and found this:

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wo/2.RSLID?mco=F4FE5CCE&nplm=MA592LL%2FA
 

Chundles

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pcguru83 said:
Hmmm, I had no idea a wall charger existed. Is this something Apple makes, or is it a third party solution? Until I can talk our IT guy into putting iTunes 7 on my PC at work ;), sounds like that would be the best bet.
Apple makes a wall-charger. You can either purchase it online or buy it from most iPod retailers.

It's a good bet if you can't get iTunes 7 on your work PCs.
 

Eraserhead

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you can also get cheaper USB adapters which don't have the apple name on it but should work to charge your iPod.
 

pcguru83

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Eraserhead said:
you can also get cheaper USB adapters which don't have the apple name on it but should work to charge your iPod.
Yeah, I've run into these on Ebay. I was seriously considering it (especially at about only $7-$10) but was questioning the quality of these units. Do you have firsthand experience with one? Is there anyone that sells these outside of Ebay (like at a retail store)?