US/UK iPod compatibility


Q: I am currently studying and living over in the UK and my parents want to send me a new iPod nano as a Christmas present. I don’t know if it would work over here (in the UK) if it is a US iPod though. I know that iTunes has a UK and a US store, so I don’t know if I could get songs from the UK iTunes to go onto the US iPod if I got one. Also, I didn’t know if there would be other compatibility issues (electrical connections, etc.). I am hopeless when it comes to the different region issues with technology. Any guidance you can give would be very appreciated! Thank you so much for your time and effort.

– Jamie

A: With regards to iTunes Store content, there are NO compatibility issues with different countries on the specific model of iPod. As long as you have a valid iTunes Store account for the country that you are using the iTunes Store from, any content can be stored on any iPod.

In reality, there are no hardware or firmware differences between U.S. and U.K. iPod models, with the possible exception of the volume cap that was placed on some European models.

The only real possible concern is the compatibility of charging/power accessories. However, since the iPod nano does not ship with a power adapter in the box, your only charging option is via your computer’s USB port, which is what many people use anyway. This would have no compatibility issues, since it’s your computer that is providing the power.

Alternatively, there should be numerous local stores that you could pick up an iPod charging accessory, and these simply connect to the Dock Connector on the iPod in the same way the USB cable does (some in fact even use the same USB cable), and are therefore compatible with any model of iPod.

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