My 3rd-generation iPod's (dock connector/touch wheel) Firewire cable doesn't fit my new iMac. Another USB cable doesn't charge the iPod. Will this?

I tried the USB cable that came with my iPhone, but it only syncs the iPod and doesn't charge it.

  • Asked by Earl T H from Purcellville
  • Jan 15, 2010
Apple 30-pin to USB Cable

Apple 30-pin to USB Cable

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    This apparently is to be expected - older iPods need FireWire to charge it seems but can sync over USB. I discovered this recently when I gave my 40GB 3rdGen to a microsloth-using friend.

    Your iMac doesn't have a FireWire port? I thought they all had at least one. If you have only the newer FW800 9-pin connector, you can get an adapter to go to 6-pin FW400.

    • Answered by Anthony D from Seattle
    • Jan 20, 2011