What the iLuv does, as this recent New York Times article explains, is save you a bunch of steps. You don't have to capture video to your computer, convert it to an iPod-compatible format and then sync that video through iTunes. It records directly to your unit at 640x480 pixels and you can tell it how long to record (30 minutes, 60 minutes, etc). i182 offers a few new features over the original i180 model including memory card support for PSP recordings. At a bit over $200, is it worth your hard-earned money? I'm not rushing out to buy one myself. Yet.
I've been sort-of longing for an iLuv iPod recorder since the first model was announced. It allows you to connect to any video source like your TiVo or VCR or DVD player and record directly onto your iPod. But when push comes to shove, I've never actually purchased one because despite the convenience factor. The iLuv is on the expensive side and there's just not enough compelling technology (no scheduling, for example, and no tuning channels) for me to switch from using EyeTV or the Neuros MPEG-4 digital recorder to capture video.
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