iPod Playing iPod through USB while NOT charging.

reubs

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Jun 22, 2006
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Okay...here's the deal.

I've got a PC at the office, and I don't want to reformat my ipod to play on it, but I'm afraid I have to. Also, I like auto-updating and don't like to manual update, but that may be something I have to deal with.

Finally, I like my ipod to lose its WHOLE charge before charging it again, but this doesn't always work if I'm playing it through the USB. Is there a hack or something to make this not happen? Does any of that make sense?

Thanks.
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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If your iPod is formatted for Mac and you want to use it on a PC then your best bet would be to reformat. If you automatically sync your tracks, then this shouldn't take long and won't be much of a hassle. Remember that a Mac can work properly with a PC-formatted iPod.

Why do you want to discharge your battery before each recharge? That just seems like a waste.
 

reubs

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I thought I read somewhere that the ipod has a maximum number of charges before it would no longer charge. For that reason, I don't like the idea of fully charging it it's it's only about 1/4 depleted. Maybe I'm wrong on that, but I just don't want to max out the battery prematurely.
 

tobefirst

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Jan 24, 2005
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I thought I read somewhere that the ipod has a maximum number of charges before it would no longer charge. For that reason, I don't like the idea of fully charging it it's it's only about 1/4 depleted. Maybe I'm wrong on that, but I just don't want to max out the battery prematurely.
It is a maximum number of charge cycles, not simple charges. This means that if you charge up from 1/4 depleted, that is a 1/4 charge cycle. If you charge up from completely depleted, that is a whole charge cycle. No need to worry.