Griffin Technology on Thursday announced its
FireWire cable, designed to work with Apple’s iPod dock or with iPods directly. Griffin is aiming the Dock400 at new iPod buyers who don’t get a FireWire cable with their music players, but the cable will work with any dock connector-equipped iPod model.
The 48-inch long cable sports a dock connector on one end and a FireWire 400 connector on the other. Griffin said the Dock400 uses Apple-approved connectors. The Dock400 will begin shipping the first week of March and costs US$17.95, a bit less expensive than Apple’s cable.
Apple on Wednesday introduced
new iPod minis, now available in 4GB and 6GB capacities. Apple also introduced a
new 30GB iPod photo
and lowered the price of its 60GB iPod photo. With the refreshed product lines, Apple has also excised FireWire cables from the configuration, instead favoring USB 2.0. Users who want to connect their iPods via FireWire now have to purchase a cable separately. Apple offers a FireWire cable for $19.