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If, for whatever reason, you really don t like having to use iTunes to rip and transfer songs to your iPod, Taiwan-based Zettabyte may just have what you re looking for: the iUpload connects directly to the iPod (or any other MP3 player) and transfers music in MP3 format via USB that the unit rips from CDs. Also of note is that it automatically fetches your songs metadata tags from the Internet, making the whole song transferring process a little more pleasant. While it might not win any sexiest gadget award, the iUpload is due to arrive sometime this year, price still TBA.

Zettabyte iUpload, CDA-to-MP3 converter for iPod [MobileMag]