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Belkin Releases Media Reader for 3G iPods

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By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Thursday, October 16, 2003
News Categories: iPod Accessories

picBelkin has released a media reader ($100) for 3G iPods (Mac or Windows) and requires iPod Software 2.1.

“iPod’s new photo storage feature allows users to use a Belkin Media Reader to import, store and backup over 20,000 digital photos from a 3 megapixel camera onto a 40GB iPod and take them anywhere. This frees up valuable camera and memory card storage space so users can continue to take pictures without the hassle and expense of buying and carrying multiple memory cards. Once the iPod is connected to a Mac or Windows PC, the digital photos are easily transferred to a user’s computer and photo editing software. With Mac OS® X, iPhoto™ will automatically recognize the iPod as a media storage device and prompt users to transfer their photos into the iPhoto library—just as if it were a camera, allowing users to erase the photos after transfer if desired. The ideal tool for professional photographers and people on vacation, Belkin’s new Media Reader for iPod is the first third party iPod photo storage accessory. The Belkin Media Reader for iPod connects easily though iPod’s dock connector and supports the five most common memory card formats—CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, SD and MMC.”

Belkin Press Release excerpt:

Belkin Media Reader for iPod (F8E461) – ESP $99.99
The Belkin Media Reader for iPod is the ideal tool for the mobile photographer. Now, you can back up digital images to your iPod, and take them with you on the road. Your iPod can hold thousands of digital photos and frees up your camera for more pictures. Simply connect the Belkin Media Reader to your iPod’s dock connector, and insert any of the six supported media types. Using software support that’s already built into your iPod (with software version 2.1 or later), transfer the pictures quickly via FireWire® technology. When at home, simply connect your iPod to your computer to retrieve the data.

Benefits
- Protects the media slots from pocket dust and dirt at all times with sliding port features
- Indicates power and data transfer status of Media Reader with LED indicator
- Supports CompactFlash® (Type 1 and 2), SmartMedia™, Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick®, or MultiMediaCard (MMC)

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Comments

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Reviews for the Belkin card readers are posted:

ipoding.com
dpreview.com

In summary - extremely slow transfer speed and need to reformat card after each transfer…..also eats the ipod battery…yikes!!! 

Anybody has more info if these are true??  Need to know before I buy.

Posted by roan on October 20, 2003 at 10:37 AM (PDT)

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“ARchos - Elantra”

I disagree….....

Archos - Expedition.  Powerful, tons of feature but freakin’ HUGE!!!  and definitely not cheap.  $600 ugh!!

iPod - Beattle.  say no more…........

Posted by roan on October 20, 2003 at 10:46 AM (PDT)

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