iLoad, the $250 iPod song loader


Iload Don’t have a PC, but you’ve got an iPod? I’d say you’re in the minority since you really need a computer to seed your Apple purchase. Hey, aside from dehydrated water, there’s a market for everything right? Take the iLoad, which will set you back $249 from Hammacher Schlemmer.

This thing looks like a cross between an old 8-track player and a cassette dubber from the late ’70s, but it’s oh so 21-st century since it rips CDs to your iPod. This one pound unit also has an internal database for the song, album and artist info which makes me wonder: if it’s not a computer, how does that database get updated exactly? Sounds like the iLoad just reads the song data from the CD and someone in the marketing department needed to use the word "database". My advice: buy an old PC for less, use that new-fangled Internet and just get your music on-line or rip the CDs with iTunes. ;)



Kevin C. Tofel

Kalibah, I wasn’t sure about that since the device claims it doesn’t require a computer or Internet connection. I assumed the database would eventually be out of date, but in a sense you’re right. It gets updates but it gets them via CDs that you pay for or you can pay for an Internet update. Yikes! Here’s a direct quote from the iLoad FAQs: “Q: How do I update iLoad’s music database when new albums are released?
A: iLoadâ„¢ Music Database Update CDs are available on a subscription basis. You can receive an updated database monthly, quarterly, yearly or on-request for a nominal handling and mailing fee of $9.95 per update. Unlimited Online Database updates are also available via the Internet for a $9.95 annual subscription fee.”


I was under the impression that players would query the CDDB for CD/song info rather than actually storing it on the media.

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