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The iLoad is a desktop device used for transferring CDs and DVDs directly to your iPod without using iTunes or a personal computer. It's a unique device targeted at a unique audience of people tech-savvy enough to enjoy their iPods, but reluctant to use a personal computer for storing and transferring their music and movies.

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Looks like the Mac Mini has been hitting the cookie jar. Actually, it's the iLoad in all it's bulky, boxy, noisy glory.
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I have a feeling this affair will be short-lived. Sure there's a thrill from ripping DVDs and CDs directly to your iPod, but what about album artwork, podcasts, video, photos, playlists? You can cut iTunes out of the equation, but what's it get you?
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With no easily discernible Eject button, you may struggle to figure out how to eject a CD. The unmarked Down arrow next to the LCD screen will do the job (took us a while to figure that one out). Or you can always jab the end of a paper clip in one of those tiny holes.
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The iLoad gets it's power from a rather cumbersome power adapter. After all, those loud internal fans won't power themselves.
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...it's really a computer. When you look at the back of the iLoad, you'll find a dizzying array of computer port connections. To make things even more confusing, only five of these connections are actually used by the iLoad.

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