5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 5, 2005 12:27 AM by David Dennis
David Dennis Level 1 (45 points)
This baffles me completely because I completely took it for granted that this will work, but apparently it doesn't.

I run a haunted attraction, and I had the brainy scheme of using iPod shuffles to play continuous music throughout the night, from about 7:00pm to 2:00am.

Naturally, I wanted to connect the iPod to AC power while it was running so that I would not have to worry about batteries during the event. So I hooked it up to a powered USB hub and it stopped playing immediately.

According to the FAQ, apparently this is intentional behaviour and there is no way for the iPod shuffle to play while charging, as its big brother iPods do.

Although the battery life should last through the attraction, I'm only getting a few hours of battery life from my fleet of Shuffles. So at this point I'm in trouble with the management for choosing a non-viable solution.

What should I do? Is there any way to work around this? And why on earth would Apple design the Shuffle this way? It seems like common sense to allow a device to charge and operate at the same time.

Many thanks for any help.