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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RE[2]: This isn't new...
by Macrat on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 20:46 UTC 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[3]: This isn't new...
by poundsmack on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 20:50 in reply to "RE[2]: This isn't new..."
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

"Averages users don't drag and drop anything. "

i wouldn't say that, i'd say its about a 50/50 split

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RE[4]: This isn't new...
by jtfolden on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 21:24 in reply to "RE[3]: This isn't new..."
jtfolden Member since:
2005-08-12

No, IME, novice/mainstream users don't drag and drop much of anything. They are used to clicking and choosing things in dialogue boxes and windows but most don't try dragging - particularly on Windows.

You'd be amazed at the number of people that don't even realize you can drag a file into a mail window to attach it to an outgoing message.

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RE[3]: This isn't new...
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 20:58 in reply to "RE[2]: This isn't new..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Averages users don't drag and drop anything.


Generalisation = fail. I see people drag and drop all the time - and I have zero geek friends (geeks freak me out).

Most of their media comes from ripping CDs in iTunes


Barely any one of my friends buys CDs. I'm the lone ranger when it comes to that in my social circle.

or buying from the Apple iTunes store.


Haha, good one. In the US maybe - here, not so much. I don't know ANYONE who buys stuff in the iTMS, mostly because downloading is a) legal and b) cheaper and c) torrentz.com actually has worthwhile stuff (no films or TV series in Europe's iTMS, for example).

Also, and maybe more importantly, iTMS requires a credit card. People in The Netherlands don't pay with credit cards - we have regular bank cards with checking accounts for that. Credit cards are nearly exclusively used while travelling.

Edited 2010-09-22 20:59 UTC

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RE[4]: This isn't new...
by ephracis on Wed 22nd Sep 2010 23:29 in reply to "RE[3]: This isn't new..."
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

Yeah, I don't get the whole credit card thing in U.S. Why spend money you don't have when you can just earn money and spend what you have? It's more economically sound.

Besides, when travelling inside Europe you can actually use your bank card, which is great. I only used my MasterCard when I was in Kenya two years ago. Then I discarded it. I prefer to spend money that I have, without paying any fees or interests.

OT:
I don't get the whole thing with iTunes anyway. I have been looking around for a good piece of software to play my music for a while and iTunes was in the top five but it just tries to do too much. Winamp looks like an alien took a shit all over my screen, so I decided to actually write my own music app instead.

Btw, does iTunes still play music? ;)

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RE[4]: This isn't new...
by flynn on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 00:01 in reply to "RE[3]: This isn't new..."
flynn Member since:
2009-03-19

Also, and maybe more importantly, iTMS requires a credit card. People in The Netherlands don't pay with credit cards - we have regular bank cards with checking accounts for that. Credit cards are nearly exclusively used while travelling.

What you are describing is what we in the US call a debit card. However, at least in the US, we can use debit cards exactly as if they were credit cards. I don't have a credit card, but I do use my debit card for every service that requires one, like Amazon purchases, Steam purchases, Netflix subscription...etc, and the money is subtracted directly from my checking account. I don't think these places are even aware that I'm paying with a debit card instead of a credit card.

I always assumed that debit cards or bank cards in other countries work the same way.

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RE[4]: This isn't new...
by Neolander on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 05:38 in reply to "RE[3]: This isn't new..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Also, and maybe more importantly, iTMS requires a credit card. People in The Netherlands don't pay with credit cards - we have regular bank cards with checking accounts for that. Credit cards are nearly exclusively used while travelling.

Wrong. At least here in france, you can buy "iTunes tickets" and use them to pay online on a €10 ticket = €10 online basis. It's one of the things done best (not right, doing it right would require a non-proprietary online banking solution) by Apple on their modern line of products, I must give credit where it's due.

(Also, aside from being a security hell and not being used worldwide, the credit card system prevents childrens from buying things, which is especially funny for something mainly targeted at them)

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RE[4]: This isn't new...
by bornagainenguin on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 13:45 in reply to "RE[3]: This isn't new..."
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

Thom_Holwerda posted...

I see people drag and drop all the time - and I have zero geek friends (geeks freak me out).


Brother are you in the wrong place and line of work. Don't look now but you're surrounded by geeks...geeks are EVERYWHERE on this site! ;)

--bornagainpenguin

PS: I'm a geek myself. ...boo! ;)

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RE[4]: This isn't new...
by Bounty on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 16:24 in reply to "RE[3]: This isn't new..."
Bounty Member since:
2006-09-18

Also, and maybe more importantly, iTMS requires a credit card. People in The Netherlands don't pay with credit cards - we have regular bank cards with checking accounts for that. Credit cards are nearly exclusively used while travelling.


You guys can't use your regular bank cards as "credit cards?" I know i can use my bank card as both, takes the money out the same either way.

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RE[3]: This isn't new...
by segedunum on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 00:47 in reply to "RE[2]: This isn't new..."
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Averages users don't drag and drop anything.[/quote]
Wow. So no one opens a document or has anything sent to them via e-mail or is exposed to files in any way? What planet do you live on?

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

Most will have at one time or another shared tunes with other people or sent them copies and some will have actually downloaded them from elsewhere without iTunes ever having been involved. That might come as a shock, I know. That means dealing with files.

I missed the memo on how iTunes has become a file transfer application that says what you can and can't transfer.

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RE[3]: This isn't new...
by No it isnt on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 12:38 in reply to "RE[2]: This isn't new..."
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

It never ceases to amaze me what utter bullshit you fanboys will invent to support Apple's shenanigans.

You haven't got any data on "average users".

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