Finding a New Cable for Your MP3 Player
You probably know that sinking feeling when you cant find your charger, or you have discovered that it is broken. Without a working cable, you will have no way to charge which leaves the device useless. In order to get back to listening to great audio on your iPod Shuffle, dont replace the entire device; just find a new USB cable for your device.
Can I Use Any USB Cable?
Apple iPod Shuffles use a particular kind of cable. Even though one end has a USB that you can plug in to any computer, the end that goes into the device is specific. You cant use the same cable that you would for an Android phone such as a micro USB. The cable that you need for your iPod Shuffle has two purposes.
- Charging: In order to charge the battery of your iPod shuffle you need to use the cable and connect it into the USB port on your computer. Alternatively, if you have a wall plug with a USB jack you can use this, just make sure that the cable is long enough so that you can place it safely on a surface rather than hanging from the wall.
- Syncing: The cable you use enables you to sync your iPod Shuffle with your iTunes account so you can download playlists.
Are All USB Charger Sync Cables the Same?
As there are different generations of iPod Shuffles, there are mainly two types of cables that you can find.
- For older models: You can find cables that are specifically for the 1st and 2nd generation Apple iPod Shuffle models.
- For newer models: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th generation iPod Shuffles use the same cable.
How Can I Look After My USB Cable?
In order to preserve the life of the USB cable for your iPod Shuffle, its important to take care of it. Make sure that when the cable is not in use, you keep it in a safe place out of the way of possible damage by children or pets. Pets can easily chew through a cable leaving it useless and children may think that its a toy. You should also avoid any water getting into the cable, as once water gets inside the connector, this will cause unrepairable damage. Keep your cable clean and free of dust and debris so that you can keep using it for a long time to come.
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