Originally posted by ipodandimacthis kind of stuff cracks me up. when belkin came out with their reader, everyone was pissed cause it required batteries, and wondered why the power couldnt be provided by the ipod. now apple comes out with a small, nice, self-powered adapter and people are pissed cause their ipods b-life will be short. this is exactly what will happen if an ipod supports video too.
I really don't know much about the Apple device. Has anyone even seen a picture of it or read a real set of specs? I don't think so, but I'd like to.
The Belkin device is flawed. It uses USB 1.1, NOT FireWire AND it must be connected directly to a camera, so that while you're downloading photos, the camera needs to be on, draining the batteries.
If you've ever used a USB 1.1 card reader with a large memory card... 256MB or more... it takes a very long time to download the photos, even with high speed cards. The battery life of most rechargeable batteries is short. Why use a device that drains the batteries of TWO devices? It makes no sense.
Clearly, if you take photos or listen to an ipod where electrical power is readily available, then none of this is an issue. If you've ever been on trips where there is NO power for a few days or even a very long day of shooting,then draining batteries needlessly is a BIG issue.
The ideal would be some kind of compact, self-powered, device with a PC Card slot that lets you use numerous card formats. Ideally it would have a built-in iPod dock or multiple interfaces, FireWire AND USB 2. AND yes, if it couls recharge iPod batteries, that would be a bonus.