I'm another one who likes iTunes just fine. Frankly, having apps, music, photos all in one place, for each of my devices to pick and choose from, is an organizational dream. Learn to use manual synching and each time you plug in a pod or a pad you can load what you want. I'm a Virgo though, so sitting down for a synching session actually makes me warm inside.I don't have this issue - I actuall quite like using iTunes instead of drag and drop as that requires a bit more organisational work (creation of folders and sub folder etc.).
As for the "why do I still need a computer?" rants - the iPad is a tool, like a smart-phone, that is an extension of but not a replacement for a full-blown stand-alone system such as a PC (for example). Otherwise it would have a CD-DVD drive, a larger SSD and a whole bunch of ports (USB, Video and Mic in etc.). But then you end up with a very large and heavy device with moving part and lots of nooks and crannies that attract dirt.
For the most part Mac owners don't have a problem with iTunes while PC owners do have a problem with iTunes. The problem is that you're on a PC.iTunes is crap.
The alternative is the *****ty little mp3 players and pdas that were around before Apple and iTunes propped up this market segment and showed manufacturers how it should be done. Are you going to lie and say you'd rather be using WinAmp and a non-multitouch Windows CE device for media consumption, browsing and email?Is theRe an alternative? Of course that's probably your point .
Unless you are creating everything on your iPad you'll still be syncing with something.I only sync maybe once every two weeks or so... But yeah, I'd really like to not have to sync.
Let me ask a question just to clarify how I should proceed in order to have less hassle in the future.
My wife has an iPad. I have an iPhone ( for the past 2 years ) & an iPad on order.
My iPhone is synced to my desktop. Ive synced my wifes iPad to the same account ( Me ).
When I receive my iPad, would it just be simpler to sync my iPhone & my iPad on my desk top & then sync my wifes iPad to one of our laptops so she has her own account etc?
Or is it no big deal to sync everything onto the one desktop?
Are there any short term, long term advantages or disadvantages?
Because Apple want to protect the copyrights of the songs, musics and videos stored on iPod and reduce piracy, so they has make it difficult to copy or transfer the songs, musics, audio, videos and files that stored on iPod to personal computer (PC) or laptop notebook computer.I know it's not new and most have been using it for years but seriously why does everything have to run through itunes? To me, itunes cripples the ease of using the iPad. It makes everything take sooo much longer, has errors, have to try things over and over, and has so many limitations (only being able to sync to one library for example). Why is apple against simple drag and drop? You can't even update the OS without it? My PSP could update through wifi why can't the iPad? Does anyone know any work arounds to minimize the need for itunes? itunes is such a big fail for me
Are the tablet devices going to be different than the phones, where you are at the mercy of the device manufacturer regarding when and if you actually get Android updates?This is what makes me look forward to Android slates. I'm hoping they're smart enough to let you use the darned thing right out of the box without 1990s style cable tethering.
That would only matter to me if:Are the tablet devices going to be different than the phones, where you are at the mercy of the device manufacturer regarding when and if you actually get Android updates?
I had a Touch that I replaced with an Android phone. I would like an Android slate but am tired of waiting and am planning on getting an iPad. But this discussion reminds me of why I got an Android phone instead of an iPhone. Now I wonder if I want to go back to all those limitations.This is what makes me look forward to Android slates. I'm hoping they're smart enough to let you use the darned thing right out of the box without 1990s style cable tethering.
It's much easier to just grab things from the cloud, Dropbox, iWork.com, Mobileme, etc. Don't bother with iTunes for file management.I've been thinking about getting an iPad but came across a few references to needing iTunes and found this thread. Now let me get this right; with an iPad I can't just plug it into any computer and transfer a file like I would with an external hardrive? So I can't read a work pdf on the way home on the bus? Or use it to transfer something back to work I've been working on at home?
Emailing things and or sending things to 'the cloud' doesn't sound easier than plugging in to the USB to me!It's much easier to just grab things from the cloud, Dropbox, iWork.com, Mobileme, etc. Don't bother with iTunes for file management.
If you don't like the cloud, you can always just mail PDFs or whatever to yourself.