iPod mini transfer speed is SLOW

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by mikeabnooy, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. mikeabnooy macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2004
    I have a 350MHz G3 BW. I have 1 gig of ram 2 hard 7200 RPM hard drive. Everything else is stock.

    I just got an iPod mini and i am so sad to say that the transfer time was so painfully slow. I transfered 10 songs by the minute. I bought my girlfriend a regualr iPod for her windows and transfered 1000 songs in less than eight minutes! What is going on? They were both by firewire. Is the hard drive in the mini that slow? Am i the only one having so transfer times? Any suggestions?
  2. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2003
    i would ventur to guess the HD in the mini is just slower than the one in the iPod
    one nice test would be to use both of them with the same machine and see the data transfer rates to eliminate the possibility that something might be slowing down the transfer on your G3

  3. haiggy macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2003
    Ontario, Canada
  4. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    the songs transfer to my mini considerably faster than 10 songs/ minute but still much slower than to a regular ipod. Ah well. There's really only one time that you have to transfer more than a few songs at once.
  5. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    USB? Firewire?

    Do you have USB 2.0 or firewire? If you are using USB 1.1, then those speeds are decent.
  6. Lord09 macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2003
    I just got my mini. I'm synching with my PC with USB 2.0 and it's quite speedy, much much faster than 10/min.

    If its a G3, it definately sounds like USB 1.1, which is much slower and 10 sounds about right.

  7. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    Sorry, I noticed that you said both were via firewire. How old is her computer? The Firewire bus on your BW G3 was Apple's first, and would be a lil slower than the new models. I mean, it is fairly dated technology (relatively speaking).
    And besides, as previously mentioned, u only have to transfer lots of songs once.
  8. Colonel Panik macrumors regular

    Colonel Panik

    Feb 23, 2004
    Dublin, Ireland
    I don't have either an iPod or iPod Mini, but according to Apple, the speeds should be the same:

    Your iPod mini includes both a FireWire and a USB 2.0 cable for high-speed transfer from your Mac or PC. In fact, you can move an entire album from your computer to your iPod mini in seconds flat.
    - from Apple's website.

    It sounds like it's something to do with your computer set-up. It would be interesting to hear from others with iPod Minis as to whether this is an isolated case.
  9. ramallite macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2004
    More problems like this

    There are some other people who have posted similar problems on other forums including Apple's. The issue is that the Blue and White G3 firewire connection to the iPod mini is abysmally slow. I myself have a regular iPod 3G 15GB which works normally (fast), but the same firewire cable attached to the same port on my B/W G3 350 rev. 1 transfers files very slowly to my wife's iPod mini (for 3 GB, I had to let it go overnight and unplug it in the morning). I hope Apple has a fix for this soon!

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