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The iPod Photo connector is a neat little accessory ($29) you plug in to your iPod photo and to your supported camera which can transfer all the photos off your camera and to the iPod giving you 40/60 Gigs of storage. I finally got around to using mine and I think for many trips I can leave the computer home and save money on memory cards. The connector also seems to transfer any files in the image directory. I was able to transfer movie and MP3s. Of course, I had to see what else I could plug it in to- (it charges the Shuffle! and you can make a super cheap DIY version of the Belkin media reader!) it also works with a lot of other devices and now we have some hacks I need to do — here are a ton of photos…Dsc05117
The business end plugs in to the iPod photo.

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Female USB.

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Plugged in.

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Transferring photos from the Sony t1 (Japanese model). Worked great.

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Finds the photos.
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Importing.

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Previews as it imports.
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It has a preview which works out great. Previous methods (Belkin) did not. Using a card reader like this is good is use have a non USB 1.1 camera and it’ll save the camera battery as my IRCing pal John pointed out as I posted this.

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When you do pop your iPod in on your Mac or PC the images are in a folder called DCIM. Those other folders are my iPod Linux install. iPod Linux will see the images, it’s really neat.

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I didn’t expect this- the photo is recharging the Shuffle, so that means it’s getting 5V. More good news, the iPod photo will import any photos you have on the Shuffle.

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I have a bracket so I could make the footprint smaller.

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The other interesting discovery- you can basically make your own Belkin media reader with the iPod photo connector and a cheap 6 in 1 reader. It worked perfectly.
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It works with some USB memory fobs, but not all of them. I am not sure why, but will research a bit (transferred photos off this one).

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When it gets a device it can’t read, this is what you see.
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This lighter shaped camera is not only banned on airplanes, it doesn’t work with the iPod photo connector.

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This USB camera doesn’t work either, a bit of a shame- it’s a nice size.

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No love on the phone either.
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Nothing with the USB credit card.
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Didn’t care for a Japan only Sony portable video player.

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Ignored the Dell DJ.
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It sees the PSP but not the photos. More experiments are needed.
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It won’t charge the PSP (like it did with the Shuffle with my hacked USB to Sony power cord). Amazon has a video on how to build this here.
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iPod to iPod was odd, one of the times it would see it, but not photos and the other it ignored.
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Screen shot of the all the stuff I put on a memory stick to see if it would transfer. If you shoot movies with your digital camera this connector with the photo iPod is a must have.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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