Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2012 22:59 UTC
Apple And it was that time of the year again - Apple held one of its product announcements. This one focussed on the iPad mostly, and while some will call it a disappointment merely because virtually everything had already been leaked, I'm still in awe over the fact the newly announced iPad has a 2048x1536 display. My mind is blown.
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RE: Still Crippled.
by henderson101 on Thu 8th Mar 2012 02:30 UTC in reply to "Still Crippled."
henderson101
Member since:
2006-05-30

Do you know when the last time I used iTunes with my iPad was? Honestly? 6 months ago, when I upgraded to iOS 5. I've never needed to attach it since then. It backs up to iCloud. I download all content. Music comes from iTunes Match.

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RE[2]: Still Crippled.
by mrstep on Thu 8th Mar 2012 02:47 in reply to "RE: Still Crippled."
mrstep Member since:
2009-07-18

And now the OS updates no longer need to be connected to iTunes either. Looks like you're going to go well past 6 months.

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RE[3]: Still Crippled.
by henderson101 on Thu 8th Mar 2012 09:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Still Crippled."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Hell yeah... One down already (5.01) and will do te 5.1 in, oh 10 minutes or so.... Just have to make sure iCloud backup is up to date. Phone updated last night, and once the update downloaded, I had to go out... So it installed on a 10 minute car journey at 70mph! No itunes touting computer involved.

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RE[2]: Still Crippled.
by bornagainenguin on Thu 8th Mar 2012 03:57 in reply to "RE: Still Crippled."
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

henderson101 declared...

Do you know when the last time I used iTunes with my iPad was? Honestly? 6 months ago, when I upgraded to iOS 5. I've never needed to attach it since then. It backs up to iCloud. I download all content. Music comes from iTunes Match.


Awesome! Now tell me how do you add your podcasts to the iPad without connecting it to another computer, using only the software that came with it from Apple?

Yeah...I thought so. It's crippled.

--bornagainpenguin

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RE[3]: Still Crippled.
by WorknMan on Thu 8th Mar 2012 05:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Still Crippled."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Awesome! Now tell me how do you add your podcasts to the iPad without connecting it to another computer, using only the software that came with it from Apple?


http://lifehacker.com/5855050/the-best-podcast-manager-for-iphone

That also works for iPad. Do you want to disqualify it just because it doesn't come from Apple? There are about 500,000 apps in the app store; if you just counted what came with the tablet, that wouldn't be a very useful device. Hell, I don't think there's anything built into Windows either that will download podcasts.

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RE[3]: Still Crippled.
by henderson101 on Thu 8th Mar 2012 09:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Still Crippled."
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Short answer Downcast.. http://downcastapp.com/

Long answer, I only ever listened to podcasts on my phone, and iPhone you used to just do the "more episode" / "back to music" dance. Then I found Downcast. It absolutely blew my mind. It handles RSS feeds, updates Inteligently, will sync the play found and podcast list between devices via iCloud. It's universal, and it's not expensive. If you are serious about podcasts, take a look at it, or one of the other comparable apps.

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RE[2]: Still Crippled.
by gan17 on Thu 8th Mar 2012 10:31 in reply to "RE: Still Crippled."
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

I know about PC-free updates from iOS 5 onwards. but....

Most of my music I rip from CDs and encode myself. Most of the movies on my hard drive are torrented (yes, pirated)

Is there a way to transfer my music and movies to an iPhone/iPad running iOS 5.x without iTunes or any other software? I'm a Linux & BSD user, in case that matters.

Genuine question here. Last iDevice I owned was a 3G.

I don't mind using iTunes on the actual iPhone/Pad but cannot/will not install it on my computers.

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RE[3]: Still Crippled.
by calden on Sat 10th Mar 2012 16:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Still Crippled."
calden Member since:
2012-02-02

The iPad should be the last device you should get then. Apple is closed up tighter then a Dolphins butt. Buy a Android tablet, you can get Asus Transformer next to nothing now. They play pretty much play every codec you can through at it. Transfering files is a breeze as Android has a real filemanger that can see the entire drive, and mount any network drive. You'll spend at least 80 bucks in the Apple Store to even match the Multimedia capabilities and free software that the Asus comes with. If you have a DLNA compatible tv you can just stream your movies directly to the TV. If you don't then you can buy a device for 20 bucks that will add DLNA to any tv.

As a Unix guy myself who also has questionable media files don't even look at a Apple you'll kick yourself. Android is a open source OS, Android tablets you can hack the crap out of go to XDA and download a Kernel for overlooking the Asus to 1.6 GHZ. Plus with the keyboard attached you get 15 hours of battery, a real terminal that you can install a LAMP server on, and when the tablet is plugged into any computer its mounted as a storage device, no crappy itunes problem.

The list goes on and on, Apple is bad for a hacker, Android better.

My Android tablet suggestions are:

Samsung Galaxy 8.9
Motorola Xoom 1st or 2nd both good
Asus Transformer and Transformer Prime
Asus Slider, my favorite
On the cheap Arcos G8

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