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
Member since:
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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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

What about simply mounting the iPhone in the Finder/Explorer? Drag and drop any shit to that icon, and it'll be put in the right place on the iPhone. Dragging 10 videos and 30 mp3s? The videos will show up in everything that can play video on the iPad, and the music will show up everywhere you can play music.

Managing iTunes itself is miles more complicated than that!

This isn't about making the device less complex. This is about getting you to use the iTMS.

Edited 2010-09-22 18:55 UTC

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Macrat Member since:
2006-03-27

What about simply mounting the iPhone in the Finder/Explorer


You're assuming that most computer users today even know what a Finder/Explorer window is.

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kjmph Member since:
2009-07-17

I agree with you Thom, I just bought an Android device, and I mount the USB drive and drag content on it. When I unmount it, it just figures out what that content is, and apps have access to it. It even has the nice touch that folders become gallery names and such. It's really straight forward. It would be even nicer if I could just drag files to the icon and let the device handle the file layout, but it's a close second.

Edited 2010-09-22 21:28 UTC

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marsofearth Member since:
2009-12-13

Managing iTunes itself is miles more complicated than that!

.. Yeah, I agree to a certain extent, but I think the answer is much less Black and White, iTunes vs File System.

Apple does move in baby steps, love it or hate it. Most people that have an apple device understand iTunes and that is where they start from, historically speaking...

I would be more interested in hearing how the interface for iTunes/iOS devices could be streamlined for greater ease of access.

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Bully Member since:
2006-04-07

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.


iTunes is way more complicated.
If the intend was to make it more simple, then they failed miserably.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I don't understand how iTunes works (I am a web developer) it confuses the hell outta me and I use winamp with all the library features removed, I store all my music albums in a folders that are named <artist> - <album>.

But everyone I know that is non-technical and the same generation as me seems to "get it". I think it sometimes is more with how we think i.e. we understand the computer and how it stores things that means that we get confused.

Edited 2010-09-22 19:02 UTC

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werpu Member since:
2006-01-18

Believe me as an iPad owner I can clearly state this idea does not work out. First you only are allowed to do this on a machine which has registered your pad in iTunes. Which is up to five machines max. Secondly the first an innocent user stumbles onto is a hours long search to find the hidden area where to drop the files. Third especially apple apps like iBooks do not allow a fully conform file exchange, try dropping or sending an pub file directly to iBooks. The idea was brain dead from the beginning especially since users haven't had any problem with folders for the last 20 years, and the replacement makes things worse.

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