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'WALTR' for Mac Lets Users Upload Any Media File to an iOS Device for Native Playback

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WALTR is a new Mac app from Softorino that's designed to make it easy to upload and convert any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone format for native playback.

It supports a huge variety of media file types, including MP3, MP4, AVI, CUE, WMA, M4R, AAC, M4V, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, MKV, and more. It even supports file types that are not normally compatible with iOS, including MKV, AVI, FLAC, and CUE, allowing them to be played in the native Music and Movie apps on iOS.

Using WALTR is simple. After closing iTunes, a user just needs to plug an iPhone or iPad into a Mac and open the WALTR app. The iOS device and its available storage space is listed at the top of the app, and files can be dragged to the blank space in the app for immediate transfer to the iOS device.

Uploads begin as soon as a file is dragged into the WALTR app, and most uploads are very quick, taking a few seconds. The app has been experiencing some issues uploading certain file types like AVIs, but the developers are working to fix any remaining bugs.

Once a file has been transferred to the iPhone or iPad, it is accessible in either the native Movies or Music app on the iOS device, and overall, the WALTR process is simpler than converting via a separate app and then uploading through iTunes.

WALTR for Mac can be purchased from Softorino for the discounted price of $14.97, and a free trial is also available so users can give the software a try.

Update: The codes that MacRumors had available are now gone, but a free trial of the software is still available from Softorino.

Article Link: 'WALTR' for Mac Lets Users Upload Any Media File to an iOS Device for Native Playback
 

street.cory

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Cheesy video, but I'll give the free trial a shot. May not need HandBrake queues anymore. :D
 
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dweezle3

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MacRumors has been provided 25 promo codes to give out on a first come, first serve basis.

3 minutes later:
Update: The codes that MacRumors had available are now gone, but a free trial of the software is still available from Softorino.

Well, that was quick.
 
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rmbpuser

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they really shouldn't have used a russian for this ad i almost laughed when he finished saying his first lines
 
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jclo

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I've just sent out all of the promo codes to those of you who emailed me first. I had close to 200 emails, so they went pretty fast!
 
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Jago

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So since it doesn't actually transcode the files into a format native to Movies/Music apps on iOS (which would take a time measured in hours in many cases when using Handbrake), what black magic exactly is employed to make the files compatible and playable?
 
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baryon

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Sounds good, but quite expensive. Without this app, it does suck that in most cases, you pretty much can't just take a video from your computer and put it on your iPhone without either having to convert for hours, and then sync with the cable. And even like that it sometimes refuses to work in some formats. Kind of extremely stupid.
 
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illjazz

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Sounds good, but quite expensive. Without this app, it does suck that in most cases, you pretty much can't just take a video from your computer and put it on your iPhone without either having to convert for hours, and then sync with the cable. And even like that it sometimes refuses to work in some formats. Kind of extremely stupid.

Considering all the downsides you listed, wouldn't you say WALTR might be worth the asking price if it "just works"... and does so quickly?

I use Plex and its Sync feature to accomplish this, but that method also involves a time-consuming transcoding process. There is an advantage, though: transcoded files are far smaller than the original.

Since WALTR doesn't seem to be doing any transcoding of its own I'm assuming the output file size will be very close to the input file size. So if you drop a 10GB 1080p movie onto WALTR, your iPhone will be roughly 10GB fuller once the transfer is done. Something to keep in mind.
 
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Tycho24

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Sounds good, but quite expensive. Without this app, it does suck that in most cases, you pretty much can't just take a video from your computer and put it on your iPhone without either having to convert for hours, and then sync with the cable. And even like that it sometimes refuses to work in some formats. Kind of extremely stupid.

I have this handy app on my iPad.
It's called VLC Media Player.
It was discontinued, but I found that I can still push it to other iOS devices via iTunes. See if any of your friends have it.
 
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casperes1996

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I don't understand
A) How it does the syncing to the device. I thought for apps to send data to Videos/Music it had to go trough iTunes
B) How the Videos/Music apps just play these files. Surely, if Apple doesn't allow the files to just be transferred normally with iTunes, they''ve not made their apps able to play them. These file types aren't officially supported by the OS, and since WALTR doesn't transcode... What the hell is going on?!
 
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aggiesrwe03

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I have this handy app on my iPad.
It's called VLC Media Player.
It was discontinued, but I found that I can still push it to other iOS devices via iTunes. See if any of your friends have it.

I had it many moons ago but lost the .IPA l, so it's nothing more than a memory
 
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QuarterSwede

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According to their site it still converts them to an iOS playable format. The main difference is that it also puts the converted file in the proper place so that iOS recognizes it as a song or video file, no iTunes needed.

Source: Softorino
 
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