He has a crazy new service charging $100 (for iPod Minis) and $150 (for regular iPods) where he will send "a LoadPod employee" to your home that will transfer all your iTunes to your new or restored computer.
I'm not quite sure what the difficulty level, that requires an extra $50.00 to transfer 4-6 Gigs of Data vs 20-30 Gigs of Data - maybe 4-6 minutes? The average iPod user has 2000 or less songs on their iPod or computer ... enough to fit the Mini. If their "regular iPod" has the same song count as a Mini - do they get charged the Mini rate? Besides, the Mini has a slower hard drive - it takes slightly longer to transfer 4GB of data on it vs a "regular iPod".
Let's see ... I just wiped my hard disk of the 5486 songs on it. I connected my iPod - in 7 minutes 40 seconds - all my music files were transferred back to my computer. I didn't have to do anything.
If your computer is already authorized for a particular iPod I hardly see what his service is all about. If it is not your iPod and you want the songs onto your computer, and you can't figure out that there are at least 25 programs at retail and available as freeware and shareware; then something is wrong with your head.
To deauthorize a computer, all you have to do is go to the "Advanced" menu in iTunes ... up to 3 computers can be authorized for any iPod. If you can't bring the original computer up to the desktop (Mac or PC) all you have to do is send Apple an email or call 1-800-SOS-APPL and they will reset it and all your downloads for you. The next time you connect to the iTunes Store you will be asked if you want a download of your old purchased library again.
There are also tons of tutorials to be found by searching Google where no software is needed. We are talking less than a 20 minute ordeal - even if you have to download software.
Let's see at 7 minutes 40 seconds that over $1000 an hour!
He's sure to be rich by the time he's 760 years old ... at a fool [cough cough] a customer a month.
From the press release at LoadPod/iPodGarage:
"LoadPod's iPod-to-computer service can also be used by those iPod users who have bought a new computer and don't have an easy method of moving their existing music to their new computer"
That's why the iPod is the number one MP3 player; dumbass - it's so easy; it practically does it by itself.
Also ... theres this disclaimer:
... there are no hidden charges of any kind.
Here's the hidden charge ... you find out you are a completely priceless idiot once you pay for this service.
A lot of details and delusions of Bill were previously covered here.
Lastly, look at this press release written by Bill Palmer that was on iPod Garage (a Bill Palmer site):
"LoadPod invented the iPod loading industry, and as the industry leader, we're proud to be the first and only company to offer this new service nationwide," said Bill Palmer, LoadPod's President and Founder.
I'll bring this up again ... If he invented the iPod Loading Industry - why wasn't he mentioned in the top 10 in the June issue of Popular Mechanics?
You know, I had actually backpedaled about Bill privately to some of my friends. I think LoadPod is a great idea - if offered as part of a business. It's not something to offer as a true "employee" compensation package or as a standalone product. I had thought it was such a good idea I was planning to do a similar offer, but after really looking into it - I saw no money and no potential. I will just do it - if a customer asked me to.
Bill has finally proven to all of us - he's just in it for the money.