Hi. I am very anal about scratching my iPod and I immediately notice that the new Dock Connector USB Cable does not have the pinching mechanism where you can retract the metal prongs. It has to be nudged along the iTouch in order to be pushed in. I have already noticed a very small dot right along the edge of the port. I have scoured the internet for the old version of the USB to no avail. Most of the ones I have found are falsely advertise and are actually generic. From researching, I have heard that these generics have problems like bad data exchange or charging. Does anybody know where I can purchase the old USBs? Also. In my haste to charge my iTouch, I ripped the metal prongs from the side out with pliers. As a result the connector metal was pulled out a little from the plastic. It looks a little beat up. However, it works and transfer data just fine, but I am afraid that I may of short circuited or broken the charging mechanism and would harm my iTouch. Does anybody with experience in these hardware know if it will affect my iTouch such as harming the battery etc. Thank you for your time.