8 Replies Latest reply: Sep 9, 2008 4:15 PM by zchristy
zchristy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is there any docking stations on the market that will play the 2nd generation shuffle? Haven't been able to find a thing.

Windows XP
  • 0Ari0 Level 5 Level 5 (4,995 points)
    Are you looking for something that has audio-out and charges at the same time?

    There's NO such thing... 2nd Gen shuffle can NOT play and charge simultaneously.

    What's wrong with just plugging a patch cable from the earphone jack into the audio input of the device you want to play through?
  • kbeartx Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    0Ari0 wrote:
    ... 2nd Gen shuffle can NOT play and charge simultaneously ...


    This statement is just flat-out wrong. That's exactly what the Apple-supplied 'dock' provides: simultaneous connection of power (charging) and audio (playing) at the same time, via USB.

    There is a recent thread here - Cheap alternative to Apple Dock - that links to an inexpensive cable for doing this, too.
  • 0Ari0 Level 5 Level 5 (4,995 points)
    kbeartx wrote:
    0Ari0 wrote:
    ... 2nd Gen shuffle can NOT play and charge simultaneously ...


    This statement is just flat-out wrong. That's exactly what the Apple-supplied 'dock' provides: simultaneous connection of power (charging) and audio (playing) at the same time, via USB.


    So you consider playing the iTunes playlists that MAY on the shuffle as playing via USB? You need to learn more about the way the shuffle works when attached to the dock. I thought the original poster was asking about the availability of a dock that provided audio out as well as USB connectivity...IF that's NOT what the OP wanted then there's nothing wrong with using the original shuffle dock as you suggest.
  • kbeartx Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    0Ari0 wrote:
    So you consider playing the iTunes playlists that MAY on the shuffle as playing via USB? ...You need to learn more about the way the shuffle works when attached to the dock. ...


    In answer to what I think you meant to write in that first sentence, yes, I consider playing the Shuffles's playlist in iTunes while the Shuffle is docked as 'playing via USB' - is something different going on?

    Please elucidate...
  • 0Ari0 Level 5 Level 5 (4,995 points)
    kbeartx wrote:
    0Ari0 wrote:

    In answer to what I think you meant to write in that first sentence, yes, I consider playing the Shuffles's playlist in iTunes while the Shuffle is docked as 'playing via USB' - is something different going on?

    Please elucidate...


    Yes,"something different" IS going on... the music (or playlist) that is being played in that instance is actually that which resides in the iTunes library on your computer as opposed to your shuffle. Is that sufficiently clear?
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,510 points)
    Sounds as if the original poster wants a stand alone dock with speakers to charge & play the shuffle, not a dock to connect to a computer to charge and play thru iTunes.
  • 0Ari0 Level 5 Level 5 (4,995 points)
    Chris CA wrote:
    Sounds as if the original poster wants a stand alone dock with speakers to charge & play the shuffle, not a dock to connect to a computer to charge and play thru iTunes.


    That was my understanding...with the minor exception of audio-outs and not necessarily speakers.

    Message was edited by: 0Ari0
  • zchristy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    "Sounds as if the original poster wants a stand alone dock with speakers to charge & play the shuffle, not a dock to connect to a computer to charge and play thru iTunes."

    Yup. Exactly, Chris CA.

    Looks like we're going to have to buy an eight inch patch cable to an RCA input on a CD player or buy some computer speakers in order to play it externally.