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Belkin Media Reader for iPod

By dpreview staff on Oct 18, 2003 at 03:57 GMT

Belkin has announced an adapter unit which will add digital photo storage capability to an Apple iPod portable music player. The media reader connects to the iPod via its FireWire interface and stores images from CompactFlash Type I or II (and other media via CF adapters) in 'roll' directories on the iPod, these can easily be retrieved later by simply connecting the iPod to your computer. The Belkin Media Reader requires iPod Software 2.1 or later and one of the newer iPod's with the dock mount on the bottom, Media Reader is priced at $99.99.

Do More with Your iPod™

Add voice recording and media reading to your iPod with new accessories from Belkin

(Compton, CA) - October 16, 2003 - You can now add recording and digital-image storage to your iPod's amazing music-playback capabilities. The Belkin Voice Recorder and Belkin Media Reader for iPod let your iPod double as a digital voice recorder and allow you to store thousands of digital photos on it. Joining the innovative iPod accessories line from Belkin, these two additions are currently shipping in North America.

Belkin Voice Recorder for iPod (F8E462) - ESP $49.99

With the ultracompact Voice Recorder from Belkin, you can record lectures, interviews, or conversations simply by plugging it into your iPod. Its abundant storage capacity lets you save hundreds of hours of high-quality audio. A built-in speaker on the Voice Recorder lets you easily review your audio notes. You can then transfer WAV file recordings to your desktop or notebook computer for storage, editing, or sending to others via e-mail. In addition, the Voice Recorder works as a travel alarm clock.

Benefits

  • Features high-quality, omnidirectional microphone and 16mm speaker for quick playback
  • Attaches securely to your iPod player through remote/headphone connector
  • Indicates recording status of Voice Recorder with LED indicator
  • Requires no software installation, with Plug-and-Play technology; support is already built into the iPod
  • Works with iPod software version 2.1 or later
  • Includes protective cap for the remote connector

Belkin Media Reader for iPod (F8E461) - ESP $99.99

The Belkin Media Reader for iPod is the ideal tool for the mobile photographer. Now, you can back up digital images to your iPod, and take them with you on the road. Your iPod can hold thousands of digital photos and frees up your camera's disk space so you can take more pictures. Simply connect the Belkin Media Reader to your iPod's dock connector, and insert any of the six supported media types. Using software support that's already built into your iPod (with software version 2.1 or later), transfer the pictures quickly via FireWire® technology. When at home, simply connect your iPod to your computer to retrieve the data.

Benefits

  • Protects the media slots from pocket dust and dirt at all times with sliding port features
  • Indicates power and data transfer status of Media Reader with LED indicator
  • Supports CompactFlash® (Type 1 and 2), SmartMedia™, Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick®, or MultiMediaCard (MMC)

The new iPod software update, Version 2.1, is available today as a free download from www.apple.com/ipod. iPods for Mac and Windows PCs are available for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for the 10GB iPod, $399 (US) for the 20GB iPod and $499 (US) for the 40GB iPod through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iPod requires a Mac with FireWire port, Mac OS X version 10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X v10.2 or later recommended) or a Windows PC with FireWire or USB 2.0 port, or Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Home or Professional.

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