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iPod mini comes with iPod mini software 1.0 (and other notes)

The iPod mini does not use the same software as the iPod itself. iPod mini uses iPod mini Software 1.0. iPod Software 1.3 cannot be installed on iPod mini. iPod software 2.0 CAN be installed on an iPod mini, but when you turn the iPod mini on, you will receive a screen with a folder and exclamation mark. This can be fixed by using the iPod mini Software 1.0 installer to reinstall the iPod mini Software.

Several other noteworthy items about the iPod mini include, “The transfer speed of the hard drive on iPod mini is slower than that of the iPod (with Dock Connect) model’s hard drive.” Apple says the following about this issue, “iPod mini uses a new, very small hard drive. This new hard drive does not have the same transfer rate as the hard drive used in other iPod models. The slower speed is expected and normal.”

As some of you already know, the iPod mini does not support the Belkin card reader, Belkin Voice Recorder, or Belkin battery pack.

If you plug any of these devices into an iPod mini you will get the following message, “The currently attached accessory is not supported by this iPod.”

Apple informs service providers of the following solution, “iPod mini does not support a card reader or a microphone. If a customer wishes to have these features they need to purchase an iPod (with Dock Connector) model. If the customers push, agents should reiterate that iPod mini is a product focused on music, and not to make further comments about why the product does not support these devices.”

One final note about the iPod mini, “The iPod mini Dock has features similar to the iPod Dock. The only difference is the Dock cover on the iPod mini Dock is shaped to fit iPod mini.”

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Apple’s site now notes that neither of the media features (voice recording/photo transfer) added to iPod 2.1 OS will work with the iPod mini, which means no Belkin Voice Recorder or Media Reader compatibility. Shucks.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on January 8, 2004 at 11:55 AM (CST)


Makes perfect sense to me.

Posted by Andy on January 8, 2004 at 11:55 AM (CST)


Oh, your extended news story mentioned that. :-)

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on January 8, 2004 at 11:55 AM (CST)


man, this sucks, I ordered the mini, was about to order the Belkin Media Reader but found out it’s not compatible.  why did they do this? I think it should technically be able to work. They just trying to make people buy the iPod instead of the mini?  arr.. i dunno what to do, i want the mini, yet i want the iPod accessories.

Posted by Will K on January 8, 2004 at 12:05 PM (CST)


no doubt they will be releasing plenty of accessories to go along with iPod mini, nobody is even going to have these things until mid Feb so there’s time for these folks to release new products, personally I have a new 15gig iPod but i’ll be getting the mini for use at the gym…

Posted by wankee on January 8, 2004 at 12:10 PM (CST)


It seems quite clear to me why they did it. iPod mini is not an iPod, it’s an iPod mini. It’s a different product in the same line. If you want an iPod, get an iPod.

Posted by Chris on January 8, 2004 at 12:10 PM (CST)


I wonder. Will the usb cable of the mini; witch can charge the battery with usb, work on the Ipod???

Posted by Venex on January 8, 2004 at 12:57 PM (CST)


One weakness of the current iPod design is that because of the smooth shape you cannot securely dock accessories. The QTVR view of the iPod mini on the Apple web site shows two holes on either side of the dock connector. Are these just screw holes or some way to attach accessories?

Posted by Jon Graves on January 8, 2004 at 1:44 PM (CST)


Gimmi a break!

Screw = S/c/r/e/w

Posted by Jon Graves on January 8, 2004 at 1:47 PM (CST)


Jon: I’ve heard that those holes are recepticals to attach “modules”. For instance, a cellphone module. Note, too, that the earphone jack is offset on the top - not in the center of the top as it is with the iPod.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 8, 2004 at 1:48 PM (CST)


Cool - That makes a lot of sense. The mini may provide interesting pointers for directions the 4G iPod may go in.

Posted by Jon Graves on January 8, 2004 at 2:10 PM (CST)


Does this mean that Griffin’s iTrip can or can’t be used with the iPod mini? I was planning on getting both for my wife as she says she wants something smaller than the “big” iPod.

Note: The iPod Mini is very close to the same size as her cell phone. And there is a cell phone case she really likes and wants to use. She’ll just cut holes in it to use the iPod mini scroll wheel, etc.

Posted by Sabon on January 8, 2004 at 2:22 PM (CST)


Apple is currently selling the iTrip as a compatible accessory for the iPod mini. The headphone jack/accessory port on the mini is identical to that of the iPod (but off-set to one side), so the iTrip will work fine with it.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 8, 2004 at 2:42 PM (CST)


what I don’t understand is that on the Belkin’s Website they say the Belkin Media Reader is supported by iPod mini, and the Apple’s site says it does not.

Posted by Nexa on January 8, 2004 at 2:44 PM (CST)


dudes…i am sure all companies are quickly working on accessories for the mini pod as we speak. if you absolutely need an ipod w/ current accessories now, buy a big one…otherwise wait a month or two for the companies to catch up…it’s only been a couple of days for freak’s sake…

Posted by dolfox on January 8, 2004 at 2:48 PM (CST)


Nobody’s “freaking” dolfox. Just asking questions. Jeez. Talk about Freaking out. lol

Posted by Sabon on January 8, 2004 at 2:53 PM (CST)


Any idea how the iPod and iPod Mini will work together on a single home PC?  I have a 40GB iPod and was considering getting a Mini for my wife.  We would want to synch to the same library but obviously hers would not be able to hold the same 40gb of songs….  any kind of technote on this interaction that anyone knows of?

Posted by Ethan on January 8, 2004 at 3:39 PM (CST)


I’m freaking out! haha, j/k…
but yea, belkin site says it’s compatible with all iPods, even the new iPod… however, I guess they also mean iPod mini is not considered an iPod., it’s a mini…  also, they probably haven’t tested now updated their site yet. but yea, very disappointing.  i wanted to buy it now, cause i saw the media reader on sale.

Posted by Will K on January 8, 2004 at 3:56 PM (CST)


The only thing I saw is that you will be able to let itunes decide which 4gb of music from your collection you want (obviously you can do it yourself). I also want to get one for my girlfriend/myself - ok, myself really…I hope that plugging the both into one computer doesn’t end up screwing everything up. Presumably Apple will have thought of this.

Posted by Jackson on January 8, 2004 at 4:52 PM (CST)


hey ethan on itunes it should work cuz we have 2 20GB 3G’s and they work seamlessly together

Posted by BIGP in Texas on January 8, 2004 at 6:34 PM (CST)

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