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PocketDock for iPods for $17

Dealmac: SendStation’s PocketDock for third-generation iPods is back in stock at MegaMacs.com for $16.99 plus around $8 shipping. We still haven’t found a cheaper price elsewhere. (MacMall charges the same but adds an inexplicable $24 or more for shipping.) The PocketDock converts the iPod’s docking port into a 6-pin FireWire port.

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1

I just did a check, ecost.com has the pocketdock on sale for $14.29… if you spend more than $25 you get shipping for free; Maybe you can purchase a 2G adapter, or some other goodie that you’ve been looking to buy, and save a couple bucks on shipping.

Posted by Derek in Chicago, IL on October 9, 2003 at 3:41 PM (CDT)

2

yeah why dont i buy another pointless adapter to be able to use my proprietary plug. when before any firewire product was compatible with my iPod. Thanks Apple.

Posted by Jaguares in Bay Area, Ca on October 9, 2003 at 11:17 PM (CDT)

3

Can I charge my iPod with this when connected to a Windows laptop?

Posted by Jim on October 10, 2003 at 10:18 AM (CDT)

4

only if your laptop has a 6-pin firewire output.  Most all windows based laptops have 4-pin firewire outputs which do not provide power to a firewire divice like the iPod, so the answer to your question is ‘no’.  And if your laptop did some how have a 6-pin firewire ouput, you wouldn’t need this adapter to use it to charge your iPod.

Posted by SNYder in PA, USA on October 10, 2003 at 1:33 PM (CDT)

5

although, this device is a lot cheaper than buying another dock for traveling…

i’ll be buying this for the sole purpose of NOT having to grab my dock cable when away from the house.

Posted by derby on October 15, 2003 at 4:24 PM (CDT)

6

but the cable from the FireWire port to the dock plug already exists… it’s the cable that PLUGS INTO the dock,and it also works in the bottom of your iPod.

Posted by Ed on January 2, 2004 at 12:43 PM (CST)

7

And would you rather carry around that specific cable, or a piece of plastic the size of a quarter which would allow you to use any firewire cable? Firewire cables are cheap; the apple specific one isn’t.

Posted by JC on January 2, 2004 at 1:04 PM (CST)

8

sometimes change isnt good. thats why im sticking to my 2nd gen ipod. no proprietary cables. apple is just pissed that people were making money off of them. which is rather hypocritical of them.

Posted by Jaguares in Bay Area, Ca on January 2, 2004 at 1:26 PM (CST)

9

Sure, that’s it. Has nothing whatsoever to do with adding line-out and other capabilities to the ipod at all. It was pure spite. I do think a pocket dock style device should have been included in the purchase, though

Posted by JC on January 2, 2004 at 1:45 PM (CST)

10

I bleieve the PocketDock is available for $14 on ecost.com

Posted by derek on January 2, 2004 at 2:00 PM (CST)

11

i got one for $18 from the apple store here in Chicago. no shipping :) but still way to expensive.

Posted by alex on January 2, 2004 at 10:12 PM (CST)

12

I would never buy one of those. My verdict is: completley useless.

Posted by barkinlarkin6 on January 5, 2004 at 12:36 AM (CST)

13

Even $8 shipping is “inexplicable.”

Posted by Margk on January 5, 2004 at 9:24 AM (CST)

14

$13.70 at ecost.com:  http://www.ecost.com/ecost/shop/detail.asp?dpno=296379

As for the people who don’t see the usefulness of the pocket dock, it makes the docking iPod useable on firewire computers so you don’t have to carry your dock with you all the time. 

I use one of my iPods as a means of transferring digital video between my computers at work and at home.  Now, I don’t have to buy another Apple dock, and can use my 40gb iPod to transfer the bigger projects.

Posted by turbora on January 5, 2004 at 5:18 PM (CST)

15

I love the PocketDock. When I take my iPod and laptop, I only need one short FireWire cable for all uses… the same cable can connect my 3G iPod, digital camcorders (with the Apple 6-pin to 4-pin adapter) & other Macs.

Sooo much easier than carrying a separate cable for the iPod, a separate 6-pin to 6-pin cable and a separate 6-pin to 4-pin cable.

Posted by Cadaver on January 5, 2004 at 6:06 PM (CST)

16

agreed. ordered one of these things soon after they were announced.  Very very handy, for the reasons mentioned above.  I personally have my dock (and so the standard cable) hooked up to my hi-fi.  The pocketdock allows me to grab any firewire cable I have lying around when I want to update my music library or transfer files…  Well worth the mnoney .

Posted by c123 on January 7, 2004 at 6:31 AM (CST)

17

agreed. ordered one of these things soon after they were announced.  Very very handy, for the reasons mentioned above.  I personally have my dock (and so the standard cable) hooked up to my hi-fi.  The pocketdock allows me to grab any firewire cable I have lying around when I want to update my music library or transfer files…  Well worth the mnoney .

Posted by c123 on January 7, 2004 at 6:31 AM (CST)

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