iPod Photo Connector Hacking…

iPod Photo Connector Hacking…

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.

Female USB.

Plugged in.

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

Finds the photos.

Previews as it imports.
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.

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.

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.

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

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.
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).

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

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

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

Ignored the Dell DJ.
It sees the PSP but not the photos. More experiments are needed.
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.
iPod to iPod was odd, one of the times it would see it, but not photos and the other it ignored.
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.

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