Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 17:58 UTC
Apple As I was casually browsing around today, I came across this blog post. It's about the recently released VLC media player for the iPad, which you can use to play just about any video under the sun on your iPad. The blog post is a complaint about a bit of help text that's not properly rendered inside the application - annoying, but no dealbreaker. Until I actually read the text - this is how you're supposed to get content on your iPad?
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Intention is to hide the file system
by markus on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 18:44 UTC
markus
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2006-01-14

While I understand the concerns you mentioned, as an iPhone developer I can state, that the reason behind this is, that Apple tries to hide the file system from the user.
One can argue, that access via iTunes is to complicated, hierarchical file systems are also too complicated for some users.
Access via iTunes works by selecting the App and manipulating it's documents directory (if the App has set a flag to show it in iTunes). Access to sub directories is restricted (I believe to be read only). So Apple achieved that the App is the entry point for file activities and that there is mainly one directory the user deals with. Of course there would have been other ways to do this, but Apple did choose this one. Not so bad I believe.

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