Ipod do I need USB2

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by Maidenman, Nov 4, 2003.

  1. Maidenman

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    I am looking at getting an IPOD and am currently using a PC running windows xp on a 2nd hand laptop I have just bought (no manuals). I have read that unless you have firewire or USB 2 it takes ages too download cd's onto the ipod. How would I know if I have either of these on my machine
     
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    The iPods only come with a 6 pin firewire(and 4 pin converter) lead.

    You need to buy a special lead from Apple to use usb or usb2 on a PC.

    My PC laptop has a firewire or 1394? socket (4pin). Which works with an Ipod straight out of the box.

    I had to buy a firewire PCI card for my PC Tower (roughly £10 off ebay) so I can use this too now.

    HTH

    Regards

    Ryan
     
  3. Maidenman

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    thanks matey

    ok so i need to get a cable for usb however will I be disadvantaged if my pc has usb as opposed to usb2
     
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    USB will be horribly slow!
    For around £10 you could get a PCI firewire card in your PC, and use the cable that came with the iPOD to connect it. The PC will even charge the iPOD whenever it is connected!!
     
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    thanx tvr you r a top geezer
     
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    Note tha you need 6-pin firewire to recharge the battery over firewire. Apple laptops all have 6-pin firewire, but I don't think any others do.
     
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    The standard firewire connecter on PC's & Macs is 6 pin. It's camcorders etc that have the 4 pin.

    Mark.
     

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