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iPod 4G: Firewire vs USB 2.0 speed?

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by fraggle, Jan 13, 2005.

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  1. fraggle

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    Which is the quickest?

    USB 2.0 speed is ok, but tedious when downloading hundreds of songs.

    Is firewire 400 a lot quicker or just the same speed?
     
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    I ahve a 4G 40G Ipod and use USB 2.0, I have uploaded hundreds of songs at any one time and am very happy with the speed, it really is impressively fast although I have never used Firewire to compare.
     
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    Firewire is faster when doing very large uploads. Certainly it is for me.
     
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    has anybody got any experience of using the firewire to transfer songs from a laptop??


    my sister is trying to do just that using a 4 pin to 6 pin firewire convertor but it dosent seem to be recognising its plugged in???

    picks up on the usb wire but apparently the transfer time is soooooooo long it times out??? she reckons it was something silly like 10 min for one track?? what the fudge?
     
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    is the firewire port on the laptop working OK ? Does it work with other firewire devices ?
     
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    think it must be down to the convertor myself, shes tried it in 3 diffrent pcs all without any luck???
     
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    i thought usb 2 theoretically has a faster transfer rate than firewire? but firewire can control devices and usb cant that why people use firewire for video tranfer
     
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    In practice I've always found firewire to be quicker, but that may just be due to my particular setup.
     
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    On my 4G 40BG pod it takes about 2~3 seconds per song, and each song is on average 5~6MB in size, using USB2.0.

    Worrying that using a 4 pin > 6 pin firewire adapter doesn't work, I was just about to buy one. Anyone else got one of these adapters and does it work well? I'll be using it with a Sony laptop (197VP).
     
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    i dont think for the tranfer of small files there will be any discernable difference between the 2 since factors like your h/d speed the fact that they are all small files ,mean both tranfer means wont get up to full speed like using a lan tranfer rate is faster with large files since it can get up to speed, as for firewire 4-6 pin there should be no reason why it wont work but i am 99% sure it wont charge the pod since one of the missing pins is the power!.

    P:S i am curious now so i will test my ipod later on both fire and usb2 and let you know the results. :smashin:
     
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    Can't remember the exact transfer speeds but technically USB 2.0 is supposed to be a tiny bit faster than Firewire. But I have only ever got Firewire to work on my setup so I can't confirm.
     
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    fire wire specs are 400mbps but USB 2.0 is supposed to be faster at 480mbps. I suppose it depends on other things too like HDD and such.

    Ive always used USB and havent had any problems with speed.
     

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