Do you have a color iPod? How about the optional Camera Connector? Well then maybe you can help me out. Did Apple really drop the ball this badly? Sorry, I’ll let everyone in on the problem here. You see, I just recently got myself a shiny […]

Do you have a color iPod? How about the optional Camera Connector? Well then maybe you can help me out. Did Apple really drop the ball this badly? Sorry, I’ll let everyone in on the problem here.

You see, I just recently got myself a shiny new 20gb color iPod. It’s pretty nice. Of all it’s features, I was most interested in the ability to download photos directly from my Rebel XT to the iPod using the optional Camera Connector. The process is pretty simple and straight forward and once you’re done you’ve got a nice new album stored on your iPod for photo viewing.

My issue is that retrieving the newly downloaded-to-my-iPod-from-my-camera photographs is a completely manual task! I would have expected Apple to come full circle and have the new photos – only residing on the iPod, and NOT in iPhoto yet – automatically imported to iPhoto upon sync’ing. But unless I’ve missed something super obvious, it seems the iPod only TAKES (music and photos) from the computer, and doesn’t offer up any of it’s treasures. I knew that’s how the music part worked, but I expected something different for when I wanted to put my photographs in a permanent place.

Instead of the new photos on my iPod sync’ing automagically, I’ve been having to go into the iPod in Disk mode and manually copy/import the images to iPhoto, and then manually delete the folder from my iPod. This is more work than I’m used to from an Apple product. I guess my next step is to fire up Automator and see if I can have it do the heavy lifting for me. I just feel like Apple should have thought this part through a little better.

So please – let’s hear it from all the iPod/Camera Connector owners out there. What am I doing wrong? Or – if it’s a limitation on Apple’s side and not a case of me being slow – what is your process for handling the retrieval of your photographs FROM your iPod?

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  1. Jason Terhorst Thursday, July 21, 2005

    Do you normally keep the iPod in disk mode? Does it require that you remain in disk mode to use the photos? From what I understood, I was thinking that the latest iTunes will move those pictures to your iPhoto (or “My Pictures” on Windows) when you plug in the Pod, but I could be wrong. The latest iTunes, I’ve noticed, copies all of my calendar and address book stuff for me. I think Apple’s wanting to get rid of the iPod part of iSync.

    If you can’t figure out how to do this with Automator or something, let me know, and I can write a Cocoa app for you. There is the ability to do this, but I haven’t seen an app that addresses this specific task yet.

  2. Reinard Schmitz Thursday, July 21, 2005

    I also was very angry of not to see my pics on the iPod. But when I connect to the Mac transfer of the fotos into iPhoto Lib will start with a hit on ENTER.
    Not very exiting, but better than to have a 2nd Disk for only for pics :-(

  3. Nick Santilli Friday, July 22, 2005

    I don’t know that you are required to have it in Disk Mode or not (probably so), but I just turned Disk Mode on anyway. I would have expected iTunes (or iPhoto) to just initiate the transfer, but it doesn’t go that way.

    so….I’ll keep trying to see what I need to do.

  4. Adolfo Pardo Friday, July 22, 2005

    I believe that under the preferences menu on the Ipod when is connected to the PC or Mac there are controls on it and says PHOTO press that one and there is a function to automatic pass all the pictures to your computer.. I had it on Automatic for some time I did not like the function and I switch it to manual.. what it does it places all your pictures on Iphoto, well I dont really trust Iphoto for my pictures I trust way more Photoshop, so I prefer to put it on Manual… (have you seen the mess Iphoto makes to your pictures?)

    I think this solves your question

  5. Nick Santilli Friday, July 22, 2005

    Thanks, I’ll look there again – I’ve checked it a few times. I’ve only noticed options to upload images from iPhoto, not to download them from the iPod.

    I hope I’m just blind and missed it. Will check when I get home.

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  7. Andrew Slater Thursday, August 4, 2005

    I totally just got a brand new 60GB iPod, with the APPLE Camera Connector. First, I was hoping it’d work with my USB2.0 Card reader, and it didn’t. It works with my Canon Rebel (the 6.1MP one).

    But it is SLOW. Unless the Mini5 connection is only USB 1 compatiable, something else is wrong. My guess is that it’s the Mini5 from the camera that is slowing it down, but 5 photos took at least 20 seconds to transfer…so when I go out and shoot 150 photos, it should take…20 minutes??

    Then of course I tried to get iPhoto to take the photos from the iPod – maybe they updated iPhoto recently, because there is a nice little “import” button now. Of course it didn’t work. It imported 2 photos, then hung on the 3rd. Clicking “stop” transferring takes about 40 seconds. Then I tried to import again…this time it didn’t do anything for about 30 minutes, then stoping takes 40 seconds.


    This is very important and very concerning, because this new iPod is to replace my laptop when I do location photo shoots and I need to take 8GB of photos in a few hours…but of course, with USB 1, 8GB would take HOW LONG to transfer???

    Anyone know of a compatable USB 2 Card Reader (CF) that works with the iPod???

  8. DENNIS DEWSNAP Thursday, June 22, 2006

    Can anyone out there HELP me ?

    I have lost all my videos, DVDs (64 of them) from my two computers.
    I am now terriefied to plug in my ipod to my lap-top incase I lose my videos alltogether. It took me a couple of weeks loading them in.

    How can I get all my stuff back onto my computors?

  9. Dennis –
    what happened to all the movies on your computer?
    If your ipod is set to auto-update upon being plugged into the computer, I wouldn’t reconnect it yet either.
    what you may be able to do is find another computer, that your ipod is not currently associated to and put some media retrieval software on there, to pull everything off and avoid losing it.

    check macupdate.com or versiontracker.com for software options.

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