How do I make my iPod work with USB2?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by OneIsNotPrime, Feb 16, 2004.

  1. OneIsNotPrime macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2004
    Yesterday, my dad was in town and was showing off his new iPod, portable speakers, external battery supply, etc., to all of us. The he surprised me and my two siblings by taking us to the apple store and buying us each a 20GB iPod and iTrip!!! (Sorry, I thought that deserved three exclamation points.) Anyway, amid all the excitement, I forgot to ask if these were USB ready out of the box (we all have Windoze machines). Is Apple's iPod dock connector to USB 2.0 + FireWire cable the best solution to this? Is there a cheaper, working, third party solution, or will any USB cable do? Any help would be appreciated. I can't wait to play with this thing! Thanks,

  2. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    You need a special cable--$20 from Apple. It has the dock connector on 1 end, then splits to a USB and a 6 pin firewire (which you then plug into the charging block) so that you can sync and charge at the same time.
  3. Lanbrown macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2003
    Another solution would be a FW card in your computer and sync that way.
  4. OneIsNotPrime thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2004
  5. Opteron macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2004
    South Australia
    A PCI Firewire card will be cheaper than the USB2 cable from apple. Plus then you can use all kinds of other fire wire components.

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