do you have to use the shuffle dock to connect to your computer or can you connect directly

My niece was given an IPOD shuffle 2nd generation that was used by her brother. We do not have the docking station and have tried to connect to the computer with the cable. Do you have to have the dockign station to connect? We have tried three computers and none will recognize the shuffle. We have gone through the troubleshooting steps as well with no luck.

Apple iPod shuffle Dock

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2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    the cable is for the 3rd gen shuffle only
    the 2nd gen uses the dock only

  • Since you have already tried connecting your Ipod with three computers without any luck, i believe that the dock is necessary for the Ipod to be recognized, at the very least, on your computer.