Circuit City have a 10-in-1 media card reader for $10-$15 after rebate.

Why does Belkin charge so much for such rubbish?

Posted by 10In1 on November 29, 2003 at 12:41 PM (PDT) Comment 26

I tried it at London's Mac Expo last week and was under-whelmed. The speed was a major let down but it is the first product of it's kind for the iPod so allowances should be made. I am sure future revisions will be better.

One thing I would like to see is the use of AA size batteries rather than AAA. I often travel off the beaten track and while a device such as this would be most useful, AAA batteries aren't as readily available as AA - you can get those near enough anywhere!

Posted by Kieren Geaney on November 29, 2003 at 2:23 PM (PDT) Comment 27

I have a 3 gig digital wallet from Minds@work I use that for my digital photo storage during trips and use my ipod for music.
Don't know if they are still in business, good transfer speed and low cost.

Posted by Ron Read on December 2, 2003 at 8:54 AM (PDT) Comment 28

Just wondering if anyone knows if the Media Reader accepts Memorystick Pro cards? I was under the assumption they are slightly different than standard Memorystick.

Posted by mcescher on January 7, 2004 at 11:11 AM (PDT) Comment 29

"Circuit City have a 10-in-1 media card reader for $10-$15 after rebate.

Why does Belkin charge so much for such rubbish?"

Because you are talking about totaly different product o_O

Posted by Nemesis on January 9, 2004 at 5:54 PM (PDT) Comment 30

Thanks for the suggestions. I did not know that these items existed. When I take my trip I plan to have one of the Vista readers with me. Hopefully they will begin to market the mp3 addition soon. With the Vista reader I can also view the TIFF, Raw and NEF files.

Posted by thear fraley on January 11, 2004 at 8:14 PM (PDT) Comment 31

Does anyone know if belkin/apple have any plans on ever adding support for 1G/2G iPods for this one... I don't see why it wouldn't work, the 3G connector is just a non-standard firewire connector isn't it? So belkin could just make a converter, and Apple could upgrade the firmware for the older iPods...

I have a 2G iPod at 20Gb and I'd love to be able to use the extra storage for storing images on vacations and what not.

Posted by Cokeman on January 15, 2004 at 5:13 PM (PDT) Comment 32

Does anyone know if the belkin can handle RAW files or am I going to have to shell out 500$ for a Smartdisk?

Posted by Matthew Parker on January 24, 2004 at 3:11 AM (PDT) Comment 33

This review says it can handle RAW files...


Posted by Roleo on February 3, 2004 at 3:59 PM (PDT) Comment 34

I borrowed my coworkers Belkin Media Reader when I went on a trip to Japan for 10 days and it I felt it does a decent job for your average Joe/Jane.

It is very compact and it doesnít take up much space in your bag. One cool thing you can do with it is load photos from someone else's memory card and store their photos and import them into iPhoto rather than having them send you the original at a later time. My in-laws only have a dial up connection so they have to burn the photos to a CD and then mail the photos to me, which is a slower option than the Media Reader.

It is a slow device, but I would start importing photos and then take a shower. By the time I finished, all of my photos were imported. If you arenít a hardcore photographer and speed isnít a huge concern, this is a great gadget to have.

Posted by fresh fish on February 3, 2004 at 7:21 PM (PDT) Comment 35

I have the Belkin Media Reader and I cannot get it to import anything form the Lexar 1gig 40x. Belkin even replaced the unit and still the same problem. Whenever I connect the Belkin and insert the Lexar 1gig 40x card, the iPod alway displays no photos! There are files on the card.

I have an iPod 40gig unit with software version 2.1.

Has anyone heard of this and have a fix or suggestion, or do I have to sell it on ebay and buy some other brand?


Posted by Bob on February 17, 2004 at 2:45 AM (PDT) Comment 36

Picked up a new-in-box Belkin Media Reader off of eBay for $67 last week to partner with my 10g iPod and Canon S50 for an upcoming vacation..

Speed isn't a concern, camera has a 32mb SD card, so transfer time isn't too much. I've used it to take images from my mom's Olympus' smart-card without hassle, it let me get the pictures from her without email or burning to a CD.

For a vacationer, with mild expectations, it fits the bill completely.

Posted by Todd on March 7, 2004 at 9:25 AM (PDT) Comment 37

Has anyone tried the memory stick pro? Its not listed, and I have found other readers which support the regular stick not do the pro. Thanks!

Posted by Jim on March 8, 2004 at 3:58 PM (PDT) Comment 38

there is a lot of complaining about the batterys in both the ipod and the card reader not lasting. would it not make sence to then have a wall adapter that plugs into the card reader. if the card reader had inbuilt Lion battery it could be used on the go or while plugged into a power outlet. also, to overcome the problem with the ipod going flat from spinning the hard disk up for 20 mins, it should also charge off the card reader that is plugged into the wall.

it there was even a "double adapter" for the ipod so it could have its power adapter plugged in at the same time as the reader that would be good.

thank you all for posting this info about the problems with the card reader, i was thinking of gettin one but now i wont until they have been addressed.


Posted by dean on March 9, 2004 at 2:39 AM (PDT) Comment 39

There is a similar, cheaper device to the Belkin Media Reader, called a "Macalley Syncbox". Some iRiver users have tried it and reviewed it (see links below). It is a general purpose USB reader which supports FAT16 and FAT32 formats (not NTFS or MacOS). Does anyone know if it would work with an iPod?


Posted by Mark on March 12, 2004 at 7:44 AM (PDT) Comment 40

Can you see pictures on the iPOD?

Posted by bobby on April 13, 2004 at 5:05 AM (PDT) Comment 41

i just got a 2nd hand belkin media reader for the ipod. it downloads all types of card very well, except for my sd-cards (from a canon ixus). is there an issue that i'm unaware of?

Posted by Alexandre Kapellos on April 21, 2004 at 9:49 AM (PDT) Comment 42

yea I agree

yea me to

Posted by sonny on April 30, 2004 at 2:31 PM (PDT) Comment 43

BLOODY HELL! Somebody answer the PRO question. Does the Belkin Media Reader support MEMORY STICK PRO? I have a 512 mb pro and I am going to europe and i don't want to have to use my two 16mb cards and transfer multiple times if i can just use the 512 and transfer twice a day.

Posted by Jason on June 19, 2004 at 7:27 PM (PDT) Comment 44

This thing IS NOT compatible with memory stick PRO cards, i have just bought one and my 256mb card is completely unrecognised in this thing, what a load of crap.

Posted by Saqib on July 15, 2004 at 12:24 PM (PDT) Comment 45

I'ma pro photographer who went on location this past weekend to do a shoot and I ended up shooting over 1000 photos. However, transferring the photos from the card to the iPod was not only slow, but it utterly drained my iPod's power. The first roll (222 photos) made it, but then I had to recharge the iPod again for at least an hour before I could offload the second roll (159 photos) which again sent the battery to near zero. I recharged again and had the same problem with roll #3 (235 photos). Finally, on Roll #4, the iPod shut down in the middle of the transfer and only got about half the roll. Fortunately, I didn't set it to erase the card as it transferred, or else I would have lost my photos. This product, while seemingly good for offloading photos, is NOT good on a pro-caliber level. You'd think they'd have some sort of optional power cord that could power both the Reader AND the iPod so that shortcomings like this don't happen. When I called Belkin to explain this to them, they couldn't have cared less and sounded like they'd heard this one before. I don't know if they have any plans to fix it or make a new, better model. If they don't, hopefully, some other company out there will.

Posted by DVD on July 15, 2004 at 2:57 PM (PDT) Comment 46

Belkin is compatible with Memory Stick Duo (pro to some people?). The problem I ran into is that Lexar is not making all of their products fully compatible. I had problems with a Lexar 256Mb CF not working in a HP camera and Lexar 256 Memory Stick Duo not recognized by the iPod. Lexar is the problem since sony branded duo worked and fuji branded CF worked (with both camera and belkin).

I loved this device. For the price of an iPod and the media reader, it was just a little more expensive than a 512 MB Duo memory stick. I was traveling around Ireland and never had a problem with this, except the Lexar sticks. iPod battery life was good and the media reader never had a problem. If you are a so called professional, then you can certainly afford thousands of dollars of memory sticks (or what have you), but if you're a tourist taking 20-50 pix a day, then this is great. It was small enough that I could carry the camera, iPod, and media reader on my bicycle so I could take as many pictures as I liked.

At 5MP I was getting a pictured transferred about every 5 seconds. Waiting a couple minutes is definitely not too long, and it if will take 10 mintes on a larger card, then just plan it out. Good, durable, product that delivers on what it says it does.

Posted by Ben Lagemann on July 17, 2004 at 7:02 AM (PDT) Comment 47

Has anyone tried to modify the media reader so that it also acts as a battery pack for the iPod? Belkin's battery pack uses 4 AA batteries, so it seems like it would be simple enough to tear apart the media reader, re-wire it to use AA's instead of AAA's and to provide power to the iPod at the same time. It might need a switch if the iPod doesn't like the idea of using a media reader and power supply concurrently, but I doubt it.

Posted by Joe Hendrickson on July 21, 2004 at 7:43 PM (PDT) Comment 48

Hi, does anyone know if there is a card reader that is compatable with both the ipod and xd cards. Just bought an ipod for a combined music/photo unit. Is it going to be an expensive mistake?

Posted by sand on August 3, 2004 at 11:42 AM (PDT) Comment 49

i am trying to find out if the belkin card reader is compatiable with Hitachi microdrive cards. I am going to China for a month and i am looking to leave the Laptop at home. Help please

Posted by mark connor on August 25, 2004 at 9:26 AM (PDT) Comment 50
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