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ipod shuffle connectivity issues(flash drive related)


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thatkoreanguy

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so, I have an old 1st generation ipod shuffle and the thing is quite snazzy. it's like a flashdrive that I can plug earphones into and play music. I err...have a special program for it that allows me to load music into a music folder and then run the program and it creates the file necessary to listen to music. this is a workaround from having to sync it to anything or having to download and use programs such as itunes.

so the thing is basically a flash drive. I just normally pop it into any USB drive I want and drag and drop music on it then run the program and go. recently though, the thing just stopped working on me. it powers on and plays music and still has some juice in it but it's no longer being recognized by the computer. not only that, it's not charging through the USB port either. I was hoping anyone with a flash drive might know what might cause a flash drive to no longer be recognized by a computer? I mean, totally not be connected, charge, or be recognized. I've attempted to see what it might be. I don't think it's the ipod itself because it still plays music and seems to act just fine. It's a new computer and I thought that might be the issue; that I might need updated drivers or such. that doesn't seem to be it either. in the past I've connected it to USB ports at hotels, at kinko's, to friends laptops, so I don't think it's the computer. I've tried both back and front USB ports but no good. anyone good with flash drive technology that might be able to help? thanks for any future reply :whistling:
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sounds like the usb connection on the shuffle has gone south...if it were a PC issue then it would charge on other comoputers besides yours...and if it were more of a software corruption or driver issue then the device would still charge...you just wouldn't be able to drag music to it
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ahhh...I was worried about that. is there any way to fix the connect? alcohol and a qtip maybe?
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you could try it...but i doubt it's just dirty
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