“Support for FireWire in the iPod, already waning, takes a further blow with Apple’s newest music player,” Ina Fried writes for CNET. “Apple’s tiny new iPod Nano uses the same dock connector as its larger iPod and iPod Mini brethren. However, try plugging in a FireWire cable and an error message appears: ‘FireWire connections are not supported. To transfer songs, connect the USB cable provided.'”
“In a pinch, a FireWire cable can be used to charge the nano, but you won’t be able to update your tunes or podcast list. The move is the latest in a series of slights to FireWire, a connection method that Apple helped pioneer and later made standard across its Mac line.” Fried reports. “The move is the latest in a series of slights to FireWire, a connection method that Apple helped pioneer and later made standard across its Mac line…. It’s a bummer for folks like me that have an older Mac that has a FireWire port, but only a slower USB 1.1 port. To Apple’s credit, the Nano’s incredibly small size and good looks might just make it worth suffering through slower downloads.
Full article here.
We know it’s a done deal, but we still say, “Bad form, Apple. Bad form.”
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