How to Take Apart an iPod Cable?
I want to shorten the length of an iPod sync cable (30-pin to USB).
I have never shortened this cable, but have shortened a few standard USB's before. In those cases each wire was color coded, so it was easy to chop off a 2 foot section, then solder the wires back together. I would suggest investing in some heat shrink tubing for this project. If you try to use electrical tape on that many joints it will become unwieldy and probably not last long. Also, there may be uninsulated strands beneath the outer insulation and surrounding the other wires. This is the ground, and would need to be reattached just like the other cables.