Call for Help: iPod [Color] & Camera Connector


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?



ok… I got this free itunes card from starbucks coffee cause they give them out for free now. Who Knew? Anyways I was trying to down load the stupid song on to my ipod but I just couldnt find the stupid file Quick Links. PLEASE HELP ! ! ! I M SO CONFUSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reinard Schmitz

Does anybody know if there is a way to use the photo connector also with the 160 GB iPod? The iPod says »this device is not supported by the iPod«. Not a really friendly hint from Apple…


uhh… Well theirs a few simple steps you need to take…
1. turn computer on
2. once finally in put in cd
3. when cd begins to play go to the top of screen and click on to BURN
4. once you clicked into BURN you will click onto BURN CD TO IPOD.
5. THAT EASY ! ! ! !
6. enjoy! ;)


how do i put music on this thing? =/ im so effin confused…. i want to get the music off a cd


when i was syncing my ipod yesterday i was putting on 1 playlist and it was synicing well thats what t said it was doing and it said the ipod jojo couldn’t be found because i need the required disc can some1 help with this shit

Gerald Peppers

I have an iMac G4. I purchased a new iPod GB 80 2 weeks ago. I
do not know how nor can I find out information from Apple Tech.
Support info that will work. I want to load photos from my
iPhoto onto my new iPod.Any help would be appreciated!

Jim Quanduolo

I bought an ipod vid and camera connector for the same reason as many of you.

In two words… Think Different.

I shoot in RAW format, and instead of a 20 second upload to the ipod, it was a couple of minutes. This is unacceptable. I figured it was my camera speed of transfer, but when I tried it with my 4 year old Creative Nomad Jukebox 3… it took l ike a minute to upload ALL of them

Thank you once again Apple for helping me think different.

Anybody wanna buy an ipod video?

Catherine Glover

I have an 80GB iPod purchased in November 2006.
I have an Apple iPod camera connector purchased in February 2007.

The first few times I used the camera connector to upload photos from my Canon Digital Rebel XT and Canon Powershot S45, it worked brilliantly. I used this process on a 7-day trip to Morocco, uploading about 750 3-4MB pictures. Then I deleted all the pictures (after transferring them to iPhoto, which worked much as it does with a camera; I wish iTunes wouldn’t start up though).

The next time I used the camera connector, it appeared to be working, took the right sort of time, used up the right sort of MB and created the right number of thumbnail “positions”. However, only 8 thumbnails were created, and only these 8 pictures were accessible.

When the iPod is connected to the iBook, iPhoto now says “no camera connected”. The iPod shows up in the Finder.

Fortunately a friend had a laptop to hand, otherwise that would have been it for photography over Easter. Any ideas as to what went wrong and what to do about it?
I don’t think I’ll be able to trust the iPod again for this job, unless there is a fix that can be applied “in the field”.

It is an extremely expensive failure. (I’ve also had problems getting music onto it: again, it worked perfectly the first time but all subsequent attempts to add more music from iTunes have failed. iTunes says it can’t write to the device.)



hi . plz help me .i couldn’t add pic without deleting my previuse pic . how can i add pic easiely. how many way is exist for this . thanks alot


Hey i got the ipod video (30G) and the camera connector and the canon ixus 65 but the ipod seems to “crash” every time I try backup my photos, first of all it takes ages and when it is finish, you think everything is alright, but it is not it looks like all my picture a gone and then the ipod wont play movies and after a while it starts getting really slow and then wont play music….. i thought i had lost my ipod for good. i left it for a couple a days and then it worked again all the stuff was back on working but the new pictures wasn’t any ware to be found…
Anyone knows what to do?


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 or for software options.


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?

Andrew Slater

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???

Nick Santilli

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.

Adolfo Pardo

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

Nick Santilli

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.

Reinard Schmitz

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 :-(

Jason Terhorst

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.

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