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Chapter 5. Of iPods and PCs > Configuring Your PC

Configuring Your PC

If you have a fourth-generation iPod, iPod Photo, or iPod mini and a fairly new PC, you're in clover. These iPods can be charged by a high-power USB 2.0 port (you can use this port to swap data between the iPod and PC as well), and Apple includes a cable in the iPod box that sports a USB 2.0 connector on one end and the iPod's proprietary data/power connector on the other. With the iPod software installed on your PC, just string this cable between the iPod and computer, and you're well on your way.

If you have an earlier iPod or an older PC, things get trickier. For example, although third-generation iPods can transfer data via a USB 2.0 port, you can't power these iPods by such a port. If you have one of these iPods, you must use Apple's $19 iPod Dock Connector to FireWire and USB 2.0 Cable. On one end of this cable sits the proprietary data/power connector that plugs into the bottom of the iPod or the iPod's Dock. From this connector extend two cables—one that sports a USB 2.0 plug (for transferring data to and from the iPod) and another that bears a FireWire connector (for plugging into a FireWire port or the iPod's power adapter).


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