Using USB to connect iPod

With Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later or with Windows XP or Windows 2000, you can connect any iPod that has a dock connector to your USB 2.0 port.

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This includes:

  • Fifth Generation iPod
  • iPod nano
  • iPod with color display (previously known as iPod photo)
  • iPod mini (Second Generation)
  • iPod mini
  • iPod (Click Wheel)
  • iPod (dock connector)

If you're not sure what iPod model you have, check Identifying iPod models for information.

Note: the original iPod (dock connector) model requires an additional cable to charge while connected to USB 2.0.

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USB 1.1

Not all computers have USB 2.0 ports. If the computer has USB 1.1 ports, you can use the iPod nano or iPod shuffle on these computers. If you have an iPod that can transfer files via FireWire, consider using the FireWire port (if available) and an iPod Dock Connector to FireWire Cable.

A low-powered USB connection (such as a keyboard or bus-powered hub) will not work with iPod.

Check your computer specifications

If you have a Windows-compatible PC, check the documentation that came with your computer to see if you have USB 1.1 or USB 2.0. In some cases, this information may also be available at the manufacturer's web site.

If you're not sure about what type of USB your Mac has, check the Getting Started guide that came with it or look for your computer on the specifications page.

If you have Mac OS X 10.2.8, you can also use USB 2.0 if you have the latest iPod Updater installed.


  1. If you are without power and need to charge your iPod mini, you can connect it to a high-powered USB 1.1 port. However, it will take longer to charge.
  2. If you are without power and need to charge your iPod nano, you can use a FireWire to dock connector cable if you have one available. You will not be able to sync.

Certain versions of Mac OS X may cause iPod mini (Second Generation) to not be recognized on USB
Tips for charging iPod and connecting to your computer
Identifying iPod models

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