Have you heard the news? A recent court ruling says it's not illegal to rip your own DVDs, as long as you're not violating copyright law (i.e. sharing or selling the DRM-freed content).
So let the ripping begin! All you need is the right software. From now until Aug. 9, you can get iSkysoft DVD to iPhone Converter for free. Available for both Windows and Mac, it's regularly $29.
Don't let the name fool you: although the utility includes presets for all iPhone models (from the original on up to the iPhone 4), it also supports generic MOV, MP4, and other output formats--meaning you can just as easily rip videos for your iPad, iPod, Zune, Sony PSP, or whatever.
DVD to iPhone Converter looks and operates like most other rippers I've tried. It's easy to configure, and the episode of "Burn Notice" I test-converted came through with flying colors. (Love that show.)
To get this fab freebie, head to iSkysoft's Facebook page, click Like, then enter your name and e-mail address in the appropriate box (Windows or Mac). Click Get keycode and you should get a registration e-mail almost immediately. Mine arrived in under a minute.
Not a bad deal, eh? If you've been wanting to watch your DVDs on your iPhone but had concerns about the legality, now you can rest easy--and get the job done for free.
Bonus deal: Speaking of Zunes, Best Buy outlet store Cowboom has the refurbished 16GB Zune HD for $99.99 shipped--the lowest price I've ever seen for a Zune HD. Better hurry, though--the deal is available today only.