iLoad now rips DVDs direct to iPod. iPhone incompatible.
iLoad is a product that rips DVDs and CDs directly to your iPod.
I wouldn't be surprised if you haven't heard of the Wingspan
Still, I couldn't help but wonder about the legal issues surrounding a product like this. I'm giving Wingspan the benefit of the doubt (although that ugliness with iLounge left a bad taste in my mouth), but isn't it conventional wisdom that ripping DVDs is technically illegal under most circumstances? Hell, I love ripping DVDs with Handbrake as much as the next guy, but I do so knowing that I'm treading into a legal gray area. There's a reason OS X and Windows don't bundle DVD-ripping utilities, right?
The iLoad seems to skirt this legal thorniness in an interesting way. It can't rip protected DVDs out of the box, but if you've connected the iLoad to the Internet it will help you find a "third-party solution" for copying the DVD. It doesn't say what the solution is, but it finds it pretty quickly, downloads it, and then asks you to confirm that the copy is for "personal use." After that, you're off and running--or crawling, actually. The iLoad is not swift.
So what do you think? Legal issues aside, would you buy one?
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