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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lemur2
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We have a user with a bunch of music and video files he wants to transfer to his iPhone. He downloaded the files, or got them from a friend, I don't know. "Plug in your iPhone. You see? An iPhone icon appeared on your desktop. Now drag the music and video files onto that icon. You're all set. Have a great day!" That's how it should be. I can assure you it's easier to explain drag and drop than it is to explain how to use the monstrosity that is iTunes.


I have a potential solution for you Thom:

http://www.libimobiledevice.org/
http://dolphin.kde.org/

Dolphin drag and drop between panes works just fine, and libimobiledevice should make connecting an iPhone/iPad/iPod device auto-open Dolphin and show up in the window.

AFAIK, both pieces of this puzzle (Dolphin and libimobiledevice) will be available in the default install in the next release of Kubuntu. Enjoy.

With Dolphin, if one inserts an audio CD with an iDevice connected at the same time, one can even drag from a virtual pseudo-directory showing under the audiocd:/ and drop .mp3 or .ogg files straight to the iDevice all in one operation ... no need to rip and then sync at all.

Actually, to tell you the truth, according to the screenshots on the libimobiledevice homepage, you don't actually even need Dolphin (or KDE), you could just as easily actually use Nautilis and plain old Ubuntu/GNOME. However AFAIK Nautilis doesn't provide a CD ripper represented as a virtual pseudo-directory.

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