Using iPod Touch With Older Connector/Dock?

Discussion in 'iPod touch Accessories' started by ppc_michael, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. ppc_michael Guest

    ppc_michael

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    I have a third generation iPod with the dock (remember? iPods used to come with it?), Firewire cable, and all that. I also have an iPod touch.

    I would like to use the iPod touch with the old dock. When I plug it in the iPod Touch seems to think it's charging, but it does not mount in iTunes. I guess for now charging is all I need anyway.

    My question is, does plugging the iPod Touch into the old dock ruin the iPod's port or anything? I know Apple changed connectors a few times and I don't want to damage anything.

    Thanks!
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    It should be fine, I use it with my old 3rd gen dock, but I replaced the firewire cable with a USB one, as that's what is required for syncing.
     
  3. Spock macrumors 68000

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    iPod Touch does not support firewire file transfers, only USB 2.0 thats why it will not mount. I dont think it will ruin the iPod though.
     
  4. MacDann macrumors 6502a

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    I can't see how. The connector has been the same all the way through, and even the pinouts are the same as far as I know.

    I use a Universal Dock with the iPod Touch insert and I have no problems with it charging or syncing.

    MacDann
     
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  6. Shanesan macrumors 6502

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    Just to confirm:

    3rd Gen uses Firewire.

    Firewire:
    • Can charge all newer iPods.
    • Can charge all older iPods.
    • Cannot sync with newer iPods.
    • Can sync all older iPods.


    USB:
    • Cannot charge older iPods.
    • Can charge all new iPods.
    • Can sync all older iPods.
    • Can sync all newer iPods.

    The differences are:
    • USB can't charge older iPods.
    • Firewire cannot sync with newer iPods.

    So, for your answer, yes. You can charge with your old Firewire cable, just not sync.
     

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