iPod touch, and USB BS: 2.0 vs. Firewire

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by dustboy, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. dustboy macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2006
    Looking at the hardware requirements for the new iPod touch, it says it needs a Mac with USB 2.0. This may be the final death knell for FireWire..

    The only reason to *me* that my mirror-door DP 867 Mac could be obsolete is because the USB bus is 1.1 not 2.0. I'm going to need more reasons than that before I shell out $1,500 for an macintel.

    If I were to buy an iPod Touchy-Feely, could I simply plug in a USB 2.0 PCI card? Some peripherals seem to need built-in USB 2.0.
  2. showtime macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2007
    I think it should work fine with usb 1.1 since most usb 2.0 devices are compatible with usb 1.1, the connection just won't be as fast.
  3. adamcz macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2003
    Mac is going out of their way to make these new products incompatible, so don't count on it.
  4. PygmySurfer macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2006
    Wellesley, ON
    An add-in card should be fine.
  5. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I'd been using an Adaptec USB 2.0 PCI card and it worked with just about everything and I'd expect no problem using the iPod with it. You just can't boot from any hard drive attached to the card.

    Of course, you should check with Apple before buying. ;)

    The company is Apple. Mac is now a general name for Apple's computers.
  6. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    USB 1.1 provides far less current (power) to devices on the bus, so it may not even provide enough juice to power or charge the device.

  7. dustboy thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2006
    Ever try an Elgato tv tuner successfully?
  8. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Final death knell? WTF are you talking about? FW isn't going anywhere.

    I've been using a USB 2.0 PCI card w/my iPod for months now if you need a vote of confidence.

  9. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    No, but if you send me one, I'll try it for you. j/k :D
  10. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    Just to point out the obvious-Apple quit using Firewire on the iPods over two years ago (I think the 4G models still supported it). This is nothing new.
  11. Manuzark macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2006
    anyoe can confirm pls, if this iPod works on USB 1.1?:confused:
  12. ilikecake macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2007
    Yes, any old PCI USB 2.0 add-in card will work fine. Some chipsets (ie VIA) may have sleep issues but if you get an NEC chipset you should be fine. I've been using a $10 USB 2.0 card in my Sawtooth G4 for years.

    Either of these would be fine and they're NEC chipsets.

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