Using AC adapter from older model iPod to charge newer iPod

Q: Can you use the AC adapter from another IPod (3rd Gen w/ Dock) to charge an iPod shuffle?

– Jay

A: No. The iPod shuffle has a USB connector, and is designed to be charged directly from a computer with a powered USB port.

Apple also sells an USB AC adapter, in case you don’t have a powered USB port, or if you want to take your iPod shuffle on the road without a laptop to charge it. But other iPod AC adapters won’t work with the shuffle – they have FireWire ports.

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.