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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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The reason that some accessories do not work is due to the software.  Apple release a software update for the iPods to make them compatible with microphones and media readers.  Unless Apple decides to unleash a software update nothing similar will ever work on an iPod mini.
So quit freaking!!!  Know your facts.

Posted by Zach Ellin on January 8, 2004 at 7:13 PM (CST)


“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.”

dont expect devices

Posted by silver_haze20 on January 8, 2004 at 7:32 PM (CST)



the freaks of the accessory industry know that supporting the mini-pod is important, i am sure they will adjust their products for whatever software the mini-pods use…within reason…we are talking four gigs…they fill up quick these days…

if there is enough demand (meaning, if the mini-pod sells), there will be accessories, no matter what anyone freakin’ says right now..

Posted by dolfox on January 8, 2004 at 8:18 PM (CST)


You guys are mean.  I know my facts.

Posted by Will K on January 8, 2004 at 8:33 PM (CST)


It may not be a software only problem. The iPod may also have some hardware that enables it to record voice. I don’t think that all 1/8” headphone jacks are automatically both in and out. We don’t know what hardware Apple has inside this little device. We will just have to wait and see and if Apple is saying no I wouldn’t make a purchase if this feature were a necessity to me.

Posted by frankly on January 9, 2004 at 8:51 PM (CST)


Has anyone heard if it will be possible to use both the original ipod and the ipod mini with the same computer? Will there be conflicts?

Posted by B61 on January 10, 2004 at 9:01 AM (CST)


could be that, as it did with the 12” PB, apple has intentionally hobbled the mini and will sustain the distinction between the two products.  The 12” PB, for example, lacks the following features of its bigger brothers: lighted keyboard; f/w 800; card slot; and there are bus differences that affect performance.  True, some could be written off to size limitations (hmmmm) but apple clearly works to maintain product line distinctions between the various iBooks and PBs and there’s no reason to think it wouldn’t do the same between the two pods.  OVer time the product line might migrate to the smaller form factor, and if it did i suspect the features would be migrated too.  Until then…

Posted by Terry Dunham on January 10, 2004 at 9:07 AM (CST)


It is possible that the next generation iPod will be more differentiated from the mini. PortalPlayer recently announced a music and photo development platform that could form the basis of (or be similar to) the next gen iPod.


Anyone know what Apple’s current relationship is with PortalPlayer? I know they were heavily involved in the 1st gen iPod but their role seems to have diminished. Portalplayer is still listed in the “legal” menu but Apple is not listed anywhere on the PortalPlayer site.


Posted by Jon Graves on January 10, 2004 at 11:29 AM (CST)



i sure as freak hope that apple does not bloat the ipod into some multi-media tool that takes away from its focus as a music player that integrates beautifully with itunes…if they want such a device, they should create a new product.

the mini pod has the same headphone jack configuration as the ipod, except it is skewed to one side, so other than the software issue, i would assume that hardware component is the same as the ipod….

just as the 12” PB is basically a better ibook, i think that the current mini pod seems to be a better ‘version’ of what should be a much less expensive range of pods…meaning, there needs to be a mini pod in the $150-$200 range. i just think the current one is too close to the bottom range ipod…there is not enough price difference between the two product lines. that’s my freakin’ opinion…

Posted by dolfox on January 10, 2004 at 1:36 PM (CST)



Regarding video capabilities in the iPod, here is a link to a news item from Dec 19 that eludes to Apple developing it themselves (to an unknown degree, of course):


While PortalPlayer was consulted for the first generation of the iPod, but I’ve heard that they have had little input after that. Here is a link to a short summary about the development of the iPod:


Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 10, 2004 at 1:59 PM (CST)


Atomic Bomb, that’s ‘alludes’. Eludes means escape.
Thanks for the links.

Posted by casting allusions on January 11, 2004 at 5:18 AM (CST)


In regards to having two iPods on same system, I’m assuming apple will realise the need for this. And to decide what to put on the smaller one : you select a specific playlist(s) to be transfered to your mini.

Posted by Sam Walker on January 11, 2004 at 10:34 PM (CST)


I’m just curious as to how you change the volume when a song is playing on the scroll wheel… I’m sure there’s some brilliant way that they’ve come up with to do it but i haven’t read anything yet as to how it occurs. Anyone know?


Posted by neddo on January 11, 2004 at 11:32 PM (CST)


Um, neddo, wouldn’t you just scroll the wheel to change volume? How would it be different?

Posted by Andy on January 12, 2004 at 9:59 AM (CST)


I checked about the recording devices and it is the software why the mini can’t use them, but why doesn’t the mini work with the inMotion player from Altec (that is what Appel’s site says) if this is true the dock adaptor must be different. has anybody seen the new minis and found that the dock connector is different? That would be strange to me.

Posted by carsten on January 13, 2004 at 7:19 AM (CST)


carsten: The connector is the same, but since the bottom of the iPod mini is substantially smaller than the bottom of the iPod, it uses a smaller dock, and in this case the slot that the iPod is inserted into in the inMotion speakers is the size of the iPod - and therefore much larger than the iPod mini.

Posted by Atomic Bomb in Mid-Atlantic on January 13, 2004 at 7:32 AM (CST)


im thinking about buying an ipod mini mini, but i dont know whether i should buy that, a dell, or a rio. I need help deciding

Posted by ME on June 3, 2004 at 7:21 PM (CDT)


*ipod mini


Posted by ME on June 3, 2004 at 7:22 PM (CDT)



Posted by yo on September 21, 2004 at 11:48 AM (CDT)

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