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Is it possible to dock an ipod nano 7?

1718 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: May 1, 2013 9:18 AM by deggie RSS
cajso Calculating status...
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Jan 2, 2013 2:40 PM

Is it possible to dock an ipod nano 7?

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  • HAL 9001 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 4:55 PM (in response to cajso)

    Yes. You can buy a 30 pin adapter at your local apple store or online at They are not cheap at thirty dollars, but it is possible. The link has already been posted above.


    Enjoy your iPod dock!

  • boole2 Calculating status...
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    May 1, 2013 5:35 AM (in response to cajso)

    It was disturbing to find out the new and expensive nano was incompatable with all older ipod connectors, and also that there was no direct solution -- no apple dock that has a lightning connector.


    I bought a docking station ($60+) and a 30 to lightning converter ($30+), both from Apple.  It all looks fine and pretty, and the ipod7 nano charges, but it doesn't play.  There is a loud humming sound -- as if no connection from these standard apple parts. Obviously, the Apple 30 to lightning converter doesn't really work.


    The design of the nano-7 is also awkward -- although one would like to plug in the audio cable to the nano, because the lightning connector and the audio jack are on the same side, but there is not enough room between the dock and the device to plug in the cable.  I suppose I can spend another $30 on some version of a cable that has a right-hand connection.


    A final problem is that when the nano-7 volume is turned up, it disorts when played through an ordinary stereo.  Must be overloading the output or input.


    All in all, engineering of the nano-7 could be more ergonomic and also better thought through. Not what one would expect from a very expensive device, in the 7th version, from Apple.  Perhaps got pushed out before it was really done.



  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,860 points)
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    May 1, 2013 9:18 AM (in response to boole2)

    What Apple docking station are you referring to that costs $60? I can't find anything like that.


    I use the Apple 30 pin to Lightning adapter with my B&W Zeppelin and Logitech speaker docks. Both charge and play with no problem. It doesn't work with all of them due to non-standard designs by some manufacturers. Both B&W and Bose both offer docks with Lightning connectors.


    I've used mine with my Yamaha receiver and have not had a problem with distortion but I use the volume control on the Yamaha as the master.


    If you are using a dock why would you be plugging in the Lightning connector?


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