USB Cable Confusion - Please Help

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tfisher

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I'm sorry if this is old stuff, but someone please answer my questions:

1. Can I connect and use a new iPod with my Win XP USB 2.0 PC without buying anything other than what comes with the iPod?

2. If I want to occasionally use my iPod to transfer data files from various different USB PCs, do I need to buy a special cable and do I need to carry the dock around with me?

3. Do I need the $20 Apple Firewire/USB2.0 three connector cable? And does anyone sell this other than Apple?

4. Are there generic off-the-shelf USB2 cables that work for the above questions, or only proprietary stuff from Apple?

Thanks for anyone who can straighten out my confusion.

Tom
 

ZoidbergD

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1. No.
2. You don't need to carry the Dock around with you. You just need the iPod Dock Connector to USB 2.0/FireWire cable.
3. Yes you do. I think Apple is the only company that's manufacturing/selling them.
4. Nope, generic USB 2.0 cables/FireWire cables will not work with the new iPods. Generic FireWire cables will work with past generation iPods, however.

Alternatively, you can just install a FireWire PCI card in your system. That might make things easier, since you can just use the Dock connector cable that was included with the iPod.
 

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Zoidberg D, thank you so much for your clear, concise answers. Now I'm finally going to buy an iPod!

Tom
 
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