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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yup
by poundsmack on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 18:09 UTC
poundsmack
Member since:
2005-07-13

I never liked how iTunes and other apple products work with it for media. I am a fan of the drag and drop and your done philosiphy. this is just apples way of ensuring it remains the central hub for your digital and media driven life. once they let go of that control its hard to reestablish that, BUT if they never let it go they reign supreme (steve jobs style thinking).

it allows apple to be at every stage of use in its product line. good for business, bad for consumers...
(hell for people like us!)

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RE: yup
by kaiwai on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 02:44 in reply to "yup"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I never liked how iTunes and other apple products work with it for media. I am a fan of the drag and drop and your done philosiphy. this is just apples way of ensuring it remains the central hub for your digital and media driven life. once they let go of that control its hard to reestablish that, BUT if they never let it go they reign supreme (steve jobs style thinking).

it allows apple to be at every stage of use in its product line. good for business, bad for consumers...
(hell for people like us!)


Drag and drop only works well if you have a small library of music and movies but as soon as you get into the gigabytes in size it becomes very cumbersome. For example I had a Cowon D2 player and used the drag and drop methodology - the problem was I had over 20GB of music and it would take ages each time it would reboot as it would re-index all the songs over and over again - same can be said for the Sandisk Sansa which had a similar flaw (made worse that the more music you had the more sluggish the interface was).

I would have preferred Apple to adopt something like MTP but I hardly see it as much of a barrier if one is going to be 'All Apple' which is pretty much where I sit - and there are viable alternatives to the iPod the question is whether you're willing to give up the coolness status associated with Apple.

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RE[2]: yup - drag and drop
by jabbotts on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 11:44 in reply to "RE: yup"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

The could easily provide a device that gives you drag and drop with the option to use a media manager application. The current problem is providing devices that only allow a media manager in absence of the drag/drop option.

With Amorak, I can mount the device and have the media manager dump content to the device directly. I can dump to a Portable directory and rsync/ssh it to the device (my current method since it allows update through any network connection). I can simply open the content library and drag or ssh files without touching the media manager. That's world better than being required to connect a wire and run Itunes or outright void the device warranty.

Consumers could have it both ways and choose what works best for there needs if the device manufacturers would stop playing BS walled garden games.

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RE: yup - removable media here also
by jabbotts on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 11:39 in reply to "yup"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

From the moment I had my first MP3 player that simply displayed as a flashdrive, required sync software has been a near deal breaker. One can provide a product which presents as a flashdrive and provides a media manager for syncing content. They could provide the device for both basic and advanced users.

This is actually one of my complaints about the Ithingy overall; WTF do I need Itunes to activate my phone for? Devices that are that user limiting can get stuffed. I'll stick with what I got that blows 32 GeeBees out of the water and gives me the easy choice of SSH or plugging it in like a flashdrive.

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