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Legal videos for your new iPod!

So you’ve come out of Christmas with a beautiful iPod that just happens to play video. Now you just need some videos to play on it! If you’re a regular visitor you may have seen the post on ways to get video onto your iPod. It has a lot of information on conversion programs and sites offering torrents of videos and shows that may or may not be legal to download depending on your location in the world. (Go ahead and assume it’s illegal unless you are in France.)

But perhaps you aren’t the kind of person who breaks the law. You want some good sources for legal video content, and you want them to be easy. Well, we’ve got you covered!

PodGuide.tv
“Podguide.tv is a new guide to the best video content available for the video iPod. Each week we’ll bring you our latest finds, handpicked from thousands of websites and RSS feeds, and categorized to make it easy to find something to suit your viewing tastes. Each has a “subscribe with iTunes” button that makes it simple to download videos and transfer them to your iPod.”

They also have an excellent list of other directories. We highly suggest you check it out, as we aren’t going to list sites from there, here. (at least that’s the plan).

Public Domain Torrents
Public Domain Torrents is an amazing site that has torrents of hundreds of public domain movies available in ready to play video iPod format. There’s not much more that can be said about this site, other than I hope you keep seeding your downloads from here when you have your video completed.

Free iPod Videos
“We provide a large database of quality videos that are completely free and 100% compatible with your iPod. Our site’s content for all videos is updated in real time via RSS feeds. As of now, there is no real standard for shows or videos being published on the web, but we only allow m4v videos.”

Video Blog Map
“VlogMap.org is an online resource which shows where participating vloggers are located around the world, along with links to key information about their video blogs. Anyone can submit info to VlogMap.org to be listed on the map, as long as you run a video blog.”

Free iPod Movies
This is an interesting site, and we’re not entirely sure if that’s a good thing. It does have a lot of information, though it’s strangely organized. Scroll to the bottom of the main page and there are a lot of links to pod/vid casts and their respective feeds.

Those are some of the best we came across. If you have any suggestions, please comment. We will be making a new list as soon as we see an influx of legal iPod video sites. So hit us up with your input.

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Ultimate Video iPod Resources

Since the release of the much anticipated Video iPod, the actual task of getting video on to the damned thing has been tricky. There are different codecs and resolutions that the iPod may or may not support (the limits are being pushed in both of these areas), so it may not be as easy as you think.

Hopefully, this list will help you out in this regard and make your video iPod experience a pleasant one.

Downloads in iPod compatible formats
One of the easiest ways of getting video on your iPod is to download it in already compatible forms. We suggest the following for this solution:

Podtropolis.com
iPodVideoTorrents.com
torPod.com
TorrentSpy.com – iPod Search
ThePirateBay.org – iPod Search
MiniNova.org – iPod Search

But what if you want to convert your existing videos to a format that is playable on the iPod? More and more software is emerging to handle this task. For now, there are just a few reliable apps out there.

Mac OS X
iSquint seems to be the best solution for conversion on the Mac OS X side of things. Not only does it have a great name, but it converts very quickly and is extremely easy to use. Oh, and did we mention it is free? If not, here we go: it’s free. The creator, Tyler Loch, has been working on it a ton. He is very active in the support forums and helps resolves any issues that come up with the app.

Amazingly, Tyler has also created the best DVD to iPod software for the Mac as well. HandBrake Lite requires only two clicks to convert a DVD to an iPod compatible format. It lacks in advance features and settings currently, but makes up for it in ease of use. Both iSquint and HandBrake Lite are still under development so check back to iSquint.org often for updates.

Mind you, there are other solutions for these conversions. Podner seems to work quite well, but runs $10.

Windows
On the Windows side of things, there are more (and more confusing) options.

The most trusted program seems to be theVideora iPod Converter. It’s free, fast, and has plenty of options. We’ve used it and it works like a charm. But there are other options.

Divx-Digest has an easy to follow article on using the 3GP Converter to make iPod safe videos. This seems to be a fairly easy solution.

There is also a solution by InterVideo called iVideoToGo. Although it costs $30, there is a free trial so you can test it out.

I haven’t found an easy to use application for converting DVDs to iPod compatible videos yet. But for those of you with a bit of cash ($20), XCopyPod seems very promising. They don’t have a trial to test out, so I suggest you look around for reviews on the product.

I know this doesn’t have anything to do with the video iPod, but for those of you running iPod Linux on your Nano, there is a very beta Easy iPod Linux Video Converter available. Currently in version .6 it seems to be a pretty straight forward way to get iPod formated videos for your Nano made quickly.

Wrap-up
Obviously this isn’t an all inclusive list, but it should give you everything you need to get video on your new iPod. If you have any suggestions or comments please go ahead and leave them. We will edit the post with any new information you provide us with.

LibriVox – Free Audiobooks

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net (podcast and catalog). Our objective is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet. We are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.”

Seriously, this is cool. The sudden influx of out-of-copyright material ( Public Domain Torrents )is great. I just hope people continue to devote their time and energy towards causes like these.

LibriVox has a very good about page. I wish other projects or services explained themselves this well.

Enjoy your free content.