Originally Posted by nkhm
Simple answer here is to shift your attitude toward the app - is it a "media player" or is it a media organisation tool? - seems to be both to me. I'd suggest that apple have used iTunes for this purpose because it already has a massive install base, so why not use the app that people already have installed across windows and mac? Plug in phone/pad and it just syncs. If my 64 year old dad can do it, anyone can do it.
Well, not trying to disagree for the sake of it, but even if I call it a "media organization tool" that does not really bring the syncing of mind maps, business diagrams or financial reports to mind at least I do not normally refer to these things
People, and especially those with little computer know-how, somehow associate actions involving files with the Finder (or the Explorer, if they can't afford a Mac) and media buying / organizing / playback with iTunes. As a long time user, I still remember iTunes being part of the iLife package - it was always positioned far away from anything looking like "business". All of a sudden it is right in the middle.
Another quibble is the fact that sometimes I just want to transfer one small file, but thanks to the automatic back-up and sync being initiated, as soon as I plug the device in (I know that this can be turned off, but I don't really want to, as I would hate to not have my most current podcasts etc. on the device when I commute), the transfer can easily take 10-15 minutes to finish. Not good.
I have high expectations when it comes to Apple, and normally they live up to them, but this file transfer concept is a mess (especially when you use iDevices
for business, having people learn how to wade through all the different screens in iTunes, when file transfer is the only thing they need - everything else syncs over the air - is not ideal). Why can't these transfer enabled apps just mount as folders in the Finder? Would be so easy...