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I was thinking of getting the previous version, then this one came out. But I am a little put off as now instead of just carrying your ipod, camera and media reader, you now have to carry an extra lead around with you, instead of just sticking in a Memory Stick. Also now as mentioned it suckes up you camera battery now as well.

Im still not to sure about this.

Posted by ajo on April 30, 2004 at 10:00 AM (PDT) Comment 1

I'm confused! Couldn't you simply attach a USB reader to the Belkin and avoid draining your camera battery?

Posted by jf on April 30, 2004 at 12:36 PM (PDT) Comment 2

Forget that...the Media Reader's too BIG!

Posted by Peter on April 30, 2004 at 12:54 PM (PDT) Comment 3

Please God someone grab Steve and shake him and tell his engineers to build a media card slot into the 4G iPod. I'm running out of pockets!

Posted by Integrated on April 30, 2004 at 1:31 PM (PDT) Comment 4

A media card slot? what type of media card? There are looooooads available and adding them to the ipod would turn it into a brick!

Like the bossman said on Wednesday, the ipod is a music player and that is where they're going to push the boundries. These little addons are ok as extra's but arent the main purpose of the ipod. It's a fricking personal stereo not an all in one do everything pda device.

:o)

Posted by andy206uk on April 30, 2004 at 2:24 PM (PDT) Comment 5

"adding them to the ipod would turn it into a brick!"

I disagree, I don;t want a 10-in-1 reader, just a CF/SD slot. I've seen mobiles with this config and they are small. I've seen the new Gmini music players with this config and they have the same footprint as the 3G iPod.

Posted by no bulk on April 30, 2004 at 3:03 PM (PDT) Comment 6

so why should it be CF/SD only? I want a Memory Stick slot too! I am sure there will be some who wants slots for other media types too.

Posted by noogabooga on April 30, 2004 at 3:59 PM (PDT) Comment 7

" I want a Memory Stick slot too!"

Then the PSP will be perfect for you!

I read that Sony expect to sell 7 *million* of these in the first year. This is a full-color device that plays games, videos, and music.

If I was Apple I'd be at least a little worried!

Posted by PSP on April 30, 2004 at 4:29 PM (PDT) Comment 8

"A media card slot? what type of media card? There are looooooads available and adding them to the ipod would turn it into a brick!"

Well, this is not a problem for those who have thought it through. SmartDisk, Nikon, Epson, etc. etc. are only the latest companies to come out with hard-drive based photo card offloaders and they faced this question. Their products come with CompactFlash slots built in, and adapters for the rest.

I am dying for the iPod to have a CompactFlash slot (with optional adapters) and a decent color screen for shot evaluation so that it can compete with these other devices. I don't want to carry both an iPod and a photo storage device (or an iPod and a Belkin photo accessory, which is the same amount of luggage). For those of you who say the iPod should avoid these features and concentrate on music, I say that Apple considers iPhoto and photo integration to be the other major leg of the Digital Hub strategy so photo-izing the iPod is a logical step.

Look at the SmartDisk FlashTrax. I want Apple to turn the iPod into this, but better.
http://www.smartdisk.com/Products/DigitalMultimedia/FlashTrax.asp

To ipodlounge, thank you for this review, I think it's well done and relevant.

Posted by shifter on April 30, 2004 at 5:01 PM (PDT) Comment 9

I want a CF slot, perhaps on the side of the iPod. But what I think would be better would be to give the iPod the ability to preview pictures on its screen.
Now that would be cool.

Posted by booksacool1 on May 1, 2004 at 12:12 AM (PDT) Comment 10

I want no card reader on the iPod.

I want to be able to plug my USB/FireWire camera directly into the iPod.

The buffer would capture the frames instantly, and then write them to disk in the background without slowing up the camera.

Of course, a more reliable hard drive and a colour screen would make the iPod a near ideal long-shoot solution.



won

Posted by won on May 1, 2004 at 8:33 AM (PDT) Comment 11

The ideal would be for Belkin to make improvements on the media reader so that it can be plugged into an outlet whenever possible and the other end plugged into the iPod so that the battery does not drain during tranfer.

Next, improve on the speed of the transfer rate so that it won't have time to drain the battery when a person is unable to plug the device into an outlet.

The Smart Disk is way to large for portablity. The iPod sells because of it's size and it can hold a lot of music for that size. To turn the iPod into more would not be a good idea at all. One of it's big selling points is it's size not camera features.

The iPod needs to remain a music player and does not need all the extra added features people keep suggesting since this will make it way to large.

Posted by iPodite on May 2, 2004 at 8:53 AM (PDT) Comment 12

Has anyone used the Belkin DCL with an iPod MINI? I see on Belkin's site that it's not compatible, but has anyone tried it?

Posted by neckus on May 3, 2004 at 5:36 AM (PDT) Comment 13

A couple of comments, both on the article and the other posters' comments.

(1) I found the "seconds per MB" confusing, and in fact misread some of the data on first reading as having impossibly large transfer rates. Suggest that "MB/sec" figures be added, if not replacing, the "sec/MB" data.

(2) I doubt that the Belkin puts out enough juice to power a media reader, which normally gets its power from the USB cable.

(3) I doubt that the iPod's buffer is large enough to be of much help, unless you have only a few, small images to transfer.

I'm still a happy user of the original Belkin Media Adapter, but I'm now looking at dedicated portables not so much for backing cards up but for the larger color LCDs that some have.

Posted by Doug Eldred on May 3, 2004 at 9:23 AM (PDT) Comment 14

What is suprising is that that Canon Digital Rebel is listed, but the Canon 10D is not, when they're very similar, electronically.

Thanks for a nice review.

dave

Posted by Dave Emery on May 4, 2004 at 2:07 AM (PDT) Comment 15

I guess I still need to keep my $250 Tripper, which allows me to transfer 1GB of images in about 5 minutes or 1MB every .6 seconds. It also has enough charge to transfer 12GB and can be used connected to the power supply. It also has its own 30GB HDD. I also don't need the camera to be hooked (just the memory card), which allows me to avoid down time of my shooting.

Apple and Belkin are still far from the day that would allow us to replace those storage devices. It is practically a useless gizmo.

Posted by Jack Shutzman on May 4, 2004 at 7:58 AM (PDT) Comment 16

I have a canon digital rebel slr 6.3 mega pixel and it has TWO ways to download one for windows and the software that it comes with and one for lo and behold... iphoto.... i figure that this setting will work with the ipod and reader no?

hux

Posted by hux on May 4, 2004 at 9:20 AM (PDT) Comment 17

I did not see the answer, can this be connected to a usb card reader?

Thanks.

Posted by Eric Burk on May 7, 2004 at 9:58 AM (PDT) Comment 18

belkins website if you use cupon code 12345 you get 50% off anything on the website. I ordered this yesterday for $45, cant beat that with a stick.

dave

Posted by dave on May 12, 2004 at 3:33 AM (PDT) Comment 19

Just for people's info. I have been able to attach my SD minicruzer usb drive, and a 7 in 1 usb card reader to transfer pictures from SD cards to the ipod.

Posted by Eric on May 12, 2004 at 9:27 AM (PDT) Comment 20

It would be interesting to see compare to the Delkin USB Brigde for iPod.

Posted by Willi on May 14, 2004 at 1:00 AM (PDT) Comment 21

Eric - HOW are you using the SD minicruzer and 7 in 1 usb card reader to transfer pictures from SD cards to the iPod? Are you using the Belkin product?

Posted by judlh on May 14, 2004 at 9:05 PM (PDT) Comment 22

We've GOT to get cable connex between cameras and the iPod. I want to download my pictures from my Fujifilm Finepix camera directly into the iPod without having to view them or anything! The camera LCD screen should be enough for proofing the pictures. All I need is to be able to use the 20GB iPod for it's tremendous storage abilities.

Posted by Mysticzephyr on May 19, 2004 at 7:45 AM (PDT) Comment 23

We've GOT to get cable connex between cameras and the iPod. I want to download my pictures from my Fujifilm Finepix camera directly into the iPod without having to view them or anything! The camera LCD screen should be enough for proofing the pictures. All I need is to be able to use the 20GB iPod for it's tremendous storage abilities.

Posted by Mysticzephyr on May 19, 2004 at 7:47 AM (PDT) Comment 24

I have been able to use a cheap $10 CF reader (PNY brand) to connect to the Belkin device and transferred about 481 mb of pictures to my iPod in an average time of 11 minutes.

Posted by kungfu7 on May 25, 2004 at 9:22 AM (PDT) Comment 25
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