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iPods to get closer with cameras, printers?

As more and more digital music players get color screens, companies will be adding more integrated photo capabilities, including the ability to connect directly with cameras and printers, according to Gary Johnson, CEO of PortalPlayer, which makes the chip that powers the hard drive-based iPods.

“There are already plenty of MP3 players on the market, including Apple’s iPod photo, that can show digital photos while playing music,” reports CNET News.com. “But soon, we are likely to see music devices that can download and display pictures directly, without using a computer as a go-between… Johnson was careful not to say whether it will be Apple’s player that does this, though. An Apple representative declined to comment.”

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Comments

1

I’m sure it will be a bang to have an iPod where I could insert my CF card after taking a load of fotos.
I have the 3G iPod and there have been countless times, on vacation where I wish I could have had something like this.

There’s the Belkin adapter but that eats its own batteries and that of the iPod. Which in this iPod version, is not the strongest thing.

Hope to see something like this in the near future.

Posted by twum on February 22, 2005 at 5:31 PM (CST)

2

The ipod already can do this with Belkin’s digital camera link.

Posted by catboy17 on February 22, 2005 at 5:35 PM (CST)

3

I think what they are talking about is downloading photos directly from the camera and immediatly viewing them on the iPod without using a computer. Currently, using the Belkin card reader you can only store the photos on the iPod, not view them. Even with iPod photo, you need a computer to sync your photos.

Posted by Chris VandeVenter in Bismarck, ND on February 22, 2005 at 10:05 PM (CST)

4

there are other players that can already do this.  just plug camera into the player.  its not a genius new idea

Posted by zip22 on February 22, 2005 at 10:22 PM (CST)

5

the iriver H320 has been out for a while and can do this

Posted by zip22 on February 22, 2005 at 10:24 PM (CST)

6

Such photo solutions are targeted to the consumer, not professional photographers. When you start talking about multi-function players, you have to make compromises. So many different file and storage options among camera makers compounds the challenge of making a photo viewer that can accommodate everyone’s needs. Probably the best photo viewing option on the market is Epson’s P2000 multimedia viewer. It can accommodate professional photographer’s workflow, but still has limitations.

The iPod Photo is more novelty than functional photo viewer and Apple’s decision to require an iTunes workflow makes it most cumbersome to use. As an iPod with a color screen and improved battery life, it is great and will probably become the standard for future iPods (Apple has already diminished the emphasis on “photo” in its packaging).

Posted by Michael Kelly in Chicago, IL on February 25, 2005 at 11:40 AM (CST)

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