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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This isn't new...
by nathbeadle on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 19:13 UTC
nathbeadle
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2006-08-08

I heard about this "feature" a while ago, either through a keynote speech or some tech review (probably Ars) but this is how it was going to be for any app that wants to have its own file storage capabilities.

As much as I'd love to drag and drop files under my computer, I can't really knock this method. BESIDES this example, EVERYTHING else for an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad is done through iTunes. Want to sync music? iTunes.. want to synch your calendar and choose what groups of contacts to sync.. iTunes.

Sure, us tech minded people don't like this... but everyone else, they have been trained to think one place, so a few steps isn't as big a deal to them then to remember "Okay, what do I use iTunes for and when do I go to My Computer and create a folder"

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RE: This isn't new...
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 19:20 in reply to "This isn't new..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Sure, us tech minded people don't like this... but everyone else, they have been trained to think one place, so a few steps isn't as big a deal to them then to remember "Okay, what do I use iTunes for and when do I go to My Computer and create a folder"


Drag and drop files on iPhone icon in Explorer/Finder.

...or...

Load up iTunes, wait 60 seconds for it to load. Drop files in iTunes - but only the files the iPad actually supports. Wait for the files to be imported. Press sync, wait.

Then figure out which video/audio files iTunes did not accept. Then go to your device in iTunes. Go to the Apps tab. Go to File Sharing, select VLC from the list, click Add. Use an unintuitive file picker to browse to the files iTunes did not accept. Wait for the files to upload. Repeat last paragraph for different files other than media files (if needed).

How, again, is the second method supposed to be easier?

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RE[2]: This isn't new...
by Macrat on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 20:46 in reply to "RE: This isn't new..."
Macrat Member since:
2006-03-27

Drag and drop files on iPhone icon in Explorer/Finder.

...or...

Load up iTunes, wait 60 seconds for it to load. Drop files in iTunes


Averages users don't drag and drop anything.

Most of their media comes from ripping CDs in iTunes or buying from the Apple iTunes store.

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RE[2]: This isn't new...
by pandronic on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 20:55 in reply to "RE: This isn't new..."
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

It's Steve's "special" way of doing things easier and he's not going to change it because it's perfect and you know ... you have to think different, understand a new paradigm and all that shit.

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RE[2]: This isn't new...
by Moredhas on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 22:11 in reply to "RE: This isn't new..."
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

In my experience, as soon as you start talking about file types or formats to an "average" user, they just get angry and confused. There's still plenty of older phones floating around in Australia, and manufacturers used to sometimes use proprietary image formats, or only support a handful (like one phone might like jpegs while another prefers png). Explaining to my painfully stupid customers why they can open some pictures but not others without saying "buy a new phone you cheap bastard, stop using ten year old tech", is almost traumatic.

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