Drag and drop from desktop to iPod Touch?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by macdoofus, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. macdoofus macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
    Just got the new 32GB but I must be missing something being brand new to this, any advice much appreciated. I've got a bunch of 1 page text files on my deskptop that I want to have on my Touch. I looked at readdle and other apps but I want to keep my files just between my desktop and my iPod. Do I have to actually use a 3rd party to do this by uploading to net (wifi, etc)? Holy smokes, I just want to drag and drop them from my desktop to the iPod. Thanks!
  2. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    It doesn't work that way.

    You will need to use a 3rd party app.

    The only other method would be to email it to the email account that is set up on your iPod's mail program. You can view some text files through Mail app.
  3. macdoofus thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
    Total bummer, but thanks for the help, Surely!
  4. macdoofus thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
    Thanks, jmann! If I buy Apple Time Machine hard drive\wifi thingy, and Air Sharing, will that keep things just between my desktop, TM and ipod- without a need to upload to web or involve 3rd parties? I'm not too paranoid actually about uploading my files but would rather keep them self contained here. :)

    edit: reading Air Sharing requirements I need an ad hoc wifi network. Hopefull the TM will do the trick. Off I go to lean about ad hoc!
    edit: I found FileAid and DiskAid maybe that's the ticket.
    Thanks again
  5. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    Just so you know, apps like Air Sharing that use wifi don’t go through the web. Your files are still only transferred directly from computer to iPod and back. There are apps (such as the yet-to-be-approved Dropbox) that sync your files on both your Mac and iPod with an online server, but apps like Air Sharing essentially do work like drag and drop. Only the thing is, instead of transferring the data through the USB cable, it will be transferred through the air.

    For Air Sharing, you don’t have to have an ad hoc network. You just have to be on the same network. You can set up an ad hoc network though if there’s no network available for the computer and iPod to both connect to.
  6. macdoofus thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
    Ahhhhh, the light just went on - and thanks devburke!
    When I pickup a mackbook pro I'll just go to the wifi-coffee shop with macbook and iPod and transfer stuff like no tomorrow!
  7. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    If you don’t have a common network between the MBP and the iPod available, just click the Airport menu in the menu bar and click “Create Network…”

    Screen shot 2009-09-24 at 3.07.25 AM.png

    Connect to that (ad hoc) network from your iPod, and they can talk to each other.

    Alternatively, if your MBP is plugged into the internet via ethernet and there’s no wifi network available, use Internet Sharing to essentially allow your MBP to function as a wireless router for your iPod. I did this a lot in my college dorm to get internet on my iPod, and allow my iPod to talk to my MB.

    Screen shot 2009-09-24 at 3.09.07 AM.png

    If you use Air Sharing, it has a very helpful help menu (tap the ? symbol from within the app) that will help you with the rest.
  8. pilotrtc macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2008
  9. mooblie macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2009
    The Highlands, Scotland
    ACTPrinter is a low cost app. that will allow moving (or "printing") of PDFs (or any other documents) to your iPod Touch over WiFi.
  10. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    I have the free 'Files lite' and that works ok.

    Having said that, I prefer the $19.95 Phoneview from www.ecamm.com which I got in a bundle a while back and that works great, you can access notes, music, etc when attached by USB lead and not bother with all the WiFi nonsense.

    Check it out at: http://www.ecamm.com/mac/phoneview/
  11. macdoofus thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
    devburke thanks for posting that tutorial.

    And thanks to all for the app suggestions - really very helpful and appreciated!

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