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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Why blame Apple for this one?
by clasqm on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 08:16 UTC
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Lord knows there is plenty to dislike about iTunes. And Apple, for that matter. But the VLC devs chose to use iTunes to get content into their app. Nobody held a gun to their heads and made them do it. Go complain to them. Or complain about them if that floats your boat.

They could have chosen otherwise. Take Stanza. It ignores iTunes completely and gets its files directly, over a wifi connection, from either the desktop version of Stanza or from Calibre. There are other apps that use Dropbox or as their conduit for content. Everything from Simplenote to Kindle uses "cloud" storage. So there are a number of ways to get your data onto an iOS device. iTunes, with all its flaws, is just one of them.

So Thom's complaint boils down to the fact that the one way of adding content that he would like to see (USB Mass Storage, drag 'n drop) is not available. Fair enough, but how is this a "major weakness"? Minor irritation, maybe.

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