Why are iPods so fickle when it comes to cables? In all my time dealing with technology in about 3-4 % of the time a device will not work because of a defective with cable. But with iPods I notice the what cable you use seems to be important. I recently bought a new cable branded "GP" (for those who don't know them, they have been around for the 30 years making very good quality batteries and other peripherals). This cable actually looks and feels much better quality than the original cable supplied by Apple. But sometimes it just does'nt work. Then you connect it the original cable and it works fine. The exact same thing happened with my last iPod, some third party cables (again from quality manufacturers) were hit and miss whether they would work or not. I mean what are Apple playing at here? How can they make devices which are so dam fussy? A cable is just a cable right?