Using 2G iPods with USB-only computers

Q: I have a 2G iPod and recently bought a new desktop that does not have a FireWire connection. Can I purchase a USB cable/adapter to connect the iPod to the computer?

– Mark

A: The 2G iPod only works with a FireWire connection. You can buy a cable from Apple to connect it to your PC, but you’ll need to install a FireWire card in the PC first. You can get more information on some recommended FireWire cards here. Belkin also makes good FireWire cards for PCs, available in many stores.

Kirk McElhearn is the author of several books including iPod & iTunes Garage. His blog, Kirkville features articles about the iPod, iTunes, Mac OS X and much more.

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