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iPod error message

Newer-model iPods give this message when you attempt to connect them to a computer via FireWire:

FireWire connections are not supported. To transfer songs, connect the USB cable to dismiss.

This demonstrates key elements of a good error message:

  • A reason for the error
  • Suggested corrective action

Sure beats “connection failed, -2819,” doesn’t it?

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  1. That’s great, except my nano is giving this message whenever the battery starts getting low. It happens when I connect a USB cable. It even happens when I have nothing connected but the lanyard! I don’t have a single firewire cable or device in my house. I just replaced the battery thinking this would help, but to no avail.

  2. im having the same problem and it is pissing me off so much! i dont know what to do! i’ve reset it a million times and charged it but nothing seems to be working! it seemed to be fine this morning [it had been acting up for a while] then i dropped it a little ways and its all messed up again! what do i do?

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