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Older 20GB iPOD dock doesn't work with new iMAC


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Help, the dock that came with my wife's older (circa Dec 2003) 20 GB iPOD doesn't connect to my new iMac

Does Apple or third party make an adapter?

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That looks like a Firewire 400 Port. Apple has removed the older FW400 port and gone with FW800.

You either need a FW400 to FW800 Adapter or a USB Dock cable for iPod.

http://www.amazon.com/elago-FireWire...0221679&sr=8-1

The FW 400-800 adapter would be the best as the older iPods need FW to charge them. I have a 20GB 3rd Generation and it will not charge by USB.
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I have that exact same dock for older iPods. I have mine connected with a USB cable from the dock to the iMac. Target sells a cable kit for iPods for around $25. The kit has two cables; one for the Shuffle and one for the Nano. Use the one for the Nano. (It fits the dock.)
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Which iPod is it?
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Went to Best Buy and they had a cable that replaced the original Apple cable that fit into the base. It ends in a USB plug. So I'm good to go. Just updated my wife's iPOD.

BTW this iPOD was purchased back in Dec 2003 so I'm not sure if it's a 1st or 2nd generation iPOD but after Apple replaced it in 2005 because of a faulty battery it has continued to function like new. My wife travels a lot and says she routinely gets 8+hours from the battery.

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Had the same issue with my ipod photo, i was able to use the usb one just fine
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