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The iPod 3G being both Mac & PC, can you go from Mac to PC, with your PocketDock Combo, and use it as an external hard drive for both ? Does it work without the need to install any software on the PC ?

Posted by HpTroll on June 21, 2004 at 9:15 AM (PDT) Comment 1

no, the way the ipod works its either formated for mac or pc. You cant switch between both without reformating. ALthough i do believe there is software that would allow you to do this.

Posted by fb on June 21, 2004 at 10:46 AM (PDT) Comment 2

really...cause what i heard was that a windows formatted iPod can be used without any problems on a Mac (no formatting again)

Posted by zeve on June 21, 2004 at 3:24 PM (PDT) Comment 3

I have a 1G 5gb iPod that I use as a portable hard drive between my Mac at home and a Windows XP machine at my work. The iPod is windows-formatted as a disk drive, not an iPod, so it works on both platforms.

However, if I wanted to use it as an iPod, I'd have to reformat it again, but that's why I got my 40gb iPod.

Posted by turbora on June 21, 2004 at 4:41 PM (PDT) Comment 4

This is especially a useful accessory (actually, essential) to connect two ipods together, something that I don't do very often, but found it handy to transfer files directy from other ipods into mine.

One of the iPods must have iPodLinux (ipodlinux.sourceforge.net) installed, with the SBP2 module inserted into the kernel. The other one should be in disk mode. Then, the other iPod can be browsed using the prompt, and it is possible to copy files. Its slow, buggy, and a huge pain to get to work, but it gets the job done when there's no computer around.

I wonder why Apple dosn't add this feature into its official firmware? It would be awesome to be able to send files between iPods. If its transfering songs they're concerned about, then they could easily just hide the iPod_control directory (where all the prefs and music is stored) like they do on Mac OS finder.

Posted by Sraphim on June 21, 2004 at 7:22 PM (PDT) Comment 5

the iPod can be switched from mac to PC... no reformating (3rd gen)

Posted by Robert Keys on June 21, 2004 at 9:10 PM (PDT) Comment 6

i looked at the SiK imp and din, but from the product page it looks like neither of them come with the 3.5mm to RCA or 3.5mm to 3.5mm cables. Do they?

Posted by Nuke666 on June 21, 2004 at 9:37 PM (PDT) Comment 7

the imp and din don't come with audio cables. But it's better not to pay for them if you already have a ton of them.

Posted by bennok on June 21, 2004 at 9:58 PM (PDT) Comment 8

What I donít like about the imp and din is the cable clutter. IMO the PocketDock with line out has a much more handy form factor.

Posted by podLover on June 21, 2004 at 10:11 PM (PDT) Comment 9

The only trouble I see with the adaptor is its size, as it forbids use with my vaja case. Otherwise I would choose it over the din at any time due to the lack of what podLover calls cable clutter. I am *that* close to getting a din, but I would hate to cut the FireWire cable, and also hate the FireWire cable to be dangeling about all the time.

Posted by Oliver :) on June 21, 2004 at 10:44 PM (PDT) Comment 10

To all the vajas, Lajos, iSkins, Contours, and whatever they are named: With the news models out, I guess itís time that the case manufacturers make their stuff 'PocketDock compatible'!

Posted by Dr. Woo on June 21, 2004 at 11:09 PM (PDT) Comment 11

Oliver, I don't know if the new pocketDocks are any bigger. However I bought the original pocketDock from Sendstation when it first came out. (The one that just has a firewire port) It fits just fine in my Vaja leather case. You may want to check it out in greater detail if that's you're only concern.

Posted by Max on June 22, 2004 at 3:07 AM (PDT) Comment 12

//"What I donít like about the imp and din is the cable clutter. IMO the PocketDock with line out has a much more handy form factor."//

That's why I never even considered the din, even though it had both connectors that I wanted (6-pin firewire & line-out). The PocketDock w/ Line Out is a compact marvel, and SendStation is going to sell a lot of them.

Posted by turbora on June 22, 2004 at 7:50 PM (PDT) Comment 13

Is there are cigarette car adapter that powers up the iPod, with an additional line out for the car stereo?

Posted by giorgx on June 28, 2004 at 7:41 AM (PDT) Comment 14

The Belkin car-kit plugs into the dock connector and has a cigarette plug and 3.5mm out with a volume control. It takes in the line out from the iPod but its own output is volume controlled... which isn't really bad because then you can adjust it until it's distortion free.

I'm finding it difficult to eliminate distortion with my Belkin TuneCast II because of the volume variances. I may buy this and hook up the TuneCast to the line-out on PocketDock. Does anyone have any experience with this?

Posted by Andrman on June 30, 2004 at 4:42 PM (PDT) Comment 15

I've got an iPod with many cases (Contour Showcase, iSkins, and a few others) and they all work fine with my original PocketDock (it's just slightly - the key word is "slightly" - thicker than the real dock connector on the cable). Rest assured, you can keep your cases and use a cool adapter...

Also, you might want to check into a 1st-generation iPod car charger (XtremeMac sells one) with a FireWire port on the end - with this and the appropriate connection (either hardwired or tape adapter), you can have the ultimate car setup, in short of having that new BMW package... grin

Posted by Eric Schwarz on July 3, 2004 at 1:37 PM (PDT) Comment 16

When I use the pocketdock combo's line out in my car (2000 Avalon), it sounds fine for about half an hour, and then distortion arises--loud snaps and hisses. This does not happen when I use the ipod's line out or when I use the pocketdock's line out with my home stereo. Any similar experiences out there, or possible explantions?

Posted by jackquin on July 8, 2004 at 8:49 AM (PDT) Comment 17

i have a pocketdock line out combo that I ordered and realized isn't necessary for me (never openned/factory sealed) if anyone is interested in buying it for a discounted price (plus it will take much shorter for me to ship it than in Germany!) email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by heather on July 15, 2004 at 6:10 PM (PDT) Comment 18

i have a pocketdock line out combo that I ordered and realized isn't necessary for me (never openned/factory sealed) if anyone is interested in buying it for a discounted price (plus it will take much shorter for me to ship it than in Germany!) email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted by heather on July 15, 2004 at 6:11 PM (PDT) Comment 19

I've tried 2 different car cassette adapters (sony, radio shack) with two different iPods in 3 different cars and my PocketDock line out. Instead of the clear, wonderfully amplified sound quality, I hear loads of distortion.
I'm wondering if this wasn't meant to be used with cassette adapters.
Anyone have similar experiences?

Posted by Gina B on August 5, 2004 at 9:29 AM (PDT) Comment 20

Just tried to use my new Sendstation PocketDock (Firewire w/ Line out) with a 4G 40Gb iPod (Model M9268X), and can't get anything to happen other than the iPod charging. No sync or mounting as disk. I'm using iPod software v. 3.0, OS 10.3.4 and a G4 Aluminum Powerbook, along with a standard 6-pin Firewire cable.

Anything I'm missing?

Thanks in advance.

Posted by W.Howard on August 8, 2004 at 4:14 PM (PDT) Comment 21

I just bought PocketDock line out combo.


It's amazing, my car stereo never sounded better. Sounds are clearer, i can hear cymbals and guitar strums in much better clarity.

One note though, I think casette adaptors does create a bit of noise and distortion. Fortunately, my car audio has a line in / auxiliry in stereo minijack input.

Definitely a must buy if you're very particular about music quality in your car or at home. In a closed environment like this you're bound to hear the difference.

Posted by Shuvit on September 6, 2004 at 6:01 AM (PDT) Comment 22

I just picked up a PocketDock LineOut on impulse from my local CompuSmart (Canadian computer superstore, sure beats shipping from the US and potential customs duties) for $40 Cdn. I've been looking at the SiK imp, but just never wanted to bother cross-border shipping; I didn't need one THAT badly.

Using it in my old clunker of a car ('95 Sunfire, stock stereo) with a 4G 20GB iPod via a cassette adapter, it does sound noticably better than just going through the headphone port. It's appreciably LOUDER and clearer. Sure there's some distortion, but what do you expect from a cassette adapter? Fits perfectly through my TuneDok too.

In my brother's Element (which has a built-in 3.5mm stereo Line-In AUX by the glovebox), it sounds ever cleaner. I'm sure it has something to do with also having far superior speakers, but there isn't that audible "tape hiss" you get using most of these casette adapters.

Well worth the price if you value clean, loud audio from your iPod.

Posted by Patrick C on September 24, 2004 at 7:31 AM (PDT) Comment 23

Anyone know where to buy the pocket dock with line out in Canada/Toronto?

I went to CompuSmart (Scarborough) but they seem to be sold out.

Thanks. Noel.

Posted by Kage99 on October 5, 2004 at 3:07 AM (PDT) Comment 24

On the FireWire & Audio Line Out pocketdock- this may be a stupid question- but if I have the line out going to my stereo how can I charge it at the same time? Is there a firewire car charger?
I see the SiK imp has it but as you all noted, the cord is hanging out even when it's not charging. I just want to be able to charge it if it runs down on a long drive after I forgot to charge it.

Thanks in advance!

Posted by RachelZ3 on October 12, 2004 at 1:09 PM (PDT) Comment 25
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