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iPod Q&A - Updated November 21, 2011

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Which iPods can sync and charge via USB? Which iPods can sync and charge via Firewire?

The specs page for each individual iPod shows whether or not it can charge and sync via Firewire and USB 2.0, only sync or charge with one or the other, or do not support one standard or the other altogether.

However, the below chart also summarizes this info for your convenience:

iPod Name

Firewire Support

USB Support

iPod (Original/Scroll)

Sync & Charge

None

iPod 2nd Gen

Sync & Charge

None

iPod 3rd Gen 10/15/30

Sync & Charge

Sync Only

iPod 3rd Gen 10/20/40

Sync & Charge

Sync Only

iPod 3rd Gen 15/20/40

Sync & Charge

Sync Only

iPod 4th Gen

Sync & Charge

Sync & Charge

iPod U2 (4th Gen)

Sync & Charge

Sync & Charge

iPod photo (30)

Sync & Charge

Sync & Charge

iPod photo (40/60)

Sync & Charge

Sync & Charge

iPod Color Display

Sync & Charge

Sync & Charge

iPod U2 (Color)

Sync & Charge

Sync & Charge

iPod 5th Gen (Video)

Charge Only

Sync & Charge

iPod U2 5th Gen

Charge Only

Sync & Charge

iPod 5th Gen Enhanced

Charge Only

Sync & Charge

iPod U2 5th Gen (E)

Charge Only

Sync & Charge

iPod classic (Orig)

Charge Only

Sync & Charge

iPod classic (2008)

Charge Only

Sync & Charge

iPod classic (2009)

Charge Only

Sync & Charge

iPod mini

Sync & Charge

Sync & Charge

iPod mini 2nd Gen

Sync & Charge

Sync & Charge

iPod nano

Charge Only

Sync & Charge

iPod nano 2nd Gen

Charge Only

Sync & Charge

iPod nano 2nd Gen RED

Charge Only

Sync & Charge

iPod nano 3rd Gen

Charge Only

Sync & Charge

iPod nano 4th Gen

None

Sync & Charge

iPod nano 5th Gen

None

Sync & Charge

iPod nano 6th Gen

None

Sync & Charge

iPod shuffle

None

Sync & Charge

iPod shuffle 2nd Gen

None

Sync & Charge

iPod shuffle 3rd Gen

None

Sync & Charge

iPod shuffle 3rd Gen (C)

None

Sync & Charge

iPod shuffle 4th Gen

None

Sync & Charge

iPod touch

Charge Only

Sync & Charge

iPod touch 2nd Gen

None

Sync & Charge

iPod touch 3rd Gen

None

Sync & Charge

iPod touch 4th Gen

None

Sync & Charge

iPod touch "4.5" Gen

None

Sync & Charge

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