I’m willing to place a small wager that I represent less than 1% of iPad pre-order customers when I say: “I have never owned an iPod/iPhone, nor used iTunes to sync a media file/collection.” Yup, I’ve never dealt with the library, App Store, syncing, or anything else before. Sure, I’ve used my friends’ iPods to browse and play music, but that’s about it. In candor, my one experience with buying and playing content from iTunes was quite unpleasant, but I recognize it was a bit of an anomaly.
My expectations are fairly straightforward, or so I think they are. And while I suppose there’s probably videos or web pages that already explain it all, I am looking forward to a fresh, unbiased out of the box experience (OOBE). Here’s some of what I expect:
- I can go to iTunes, pick stuff I like/bookmark/purchase, and it will automatically download to my iPad over WiFi. Now I have a hunch the auto-sync part may not work like I hope, and I may need to sync over USB, which wouldn’t be terrible, but disappointing.
- I can browse and search the app store from the iPad, find stuff, purchase & download directly
- I can (fairly easily) sync media files (music, photos, videos) from my iMac/MacBook to my iPad
- I can sync from one iPad to more than one Mac computer (home MacBook, office iMac)
- On the iPad, Web links to apps enable direct download & installs (with no intervening steps)
- On the iPad, I can browse music on my local iTunes server, and sync them (with no intervening steps)
My biggest concern is the ability to use the iPad, find content on the local network, and browse it there. I mean this specifically with iPhoto, but general file browsing & playback is also a desire. I’ve got close to 10K photos on my NAS and my MacBook, and would like to view them whenever I’m on the home network. Further, I’m hoping to be able to do so while away from home, though I’m not sure if that’s possible (even with MobileMe – a service I do not currently subscribe to). The mere idea of “use my iPad as a remote photo viewer” reaches “killer feature” category for me.
I’ll check back in on this topic once I’ve played more with the iPad + iTunes and taken enough time to sit down and write something. Which may or may not occur via my iPad. I’m sure there’s an app for that.
Jeremy – not sure this does exactly what you want but Apple has an app called MobileMe Gallery. PCWorld coverage here: http://www.pcworld.com/appguide/app.html?id=379627. You can view all of your photos that you’ve synched to the MobileMe cloud. However, the issue there would be how many photos you synched and associated storage limits/costs.
flickr will have an app that allows flikr album syncing or easy viewing. I use the mobileme services (bought much cheaper than 99$ of course!) to do a number of things for photos.
1. I sync albums, events, individual photos to my me.com account.
2. people I know have an RSS feed or get an email update when there are NEW photos on that online album. Or they get an email.
3. People I allow can upload photos to these individual or “family” albums.
4. When the ipads come (and the ones for the rents) their ipads will automagically download RECENT photos from the “family” album that all participants can upload photos to.
5. This way I don’t have to do ANYTHING except take pictures, put them in an album, push SYNC to mobileme.
I am sure much of this can be done with other services, sites, but for the 30$ a year I pay for MM I get
20GB of storage, easy website creation, an email I don’t really use, wireless calendar syncing to my iphone, TRACK MY IPHONE if it gets lost and WIPE MY IPHONE if it gets lost. I am pretty sure that iwork.com and mobileme are going to get married in the not too distant future and that will enable better document storage and sharing online – which it pretty much already does, since I can upload files/movies/general stuff to mobileme and let people download it either public or with a password.
Jeremy, keep dreaming about WIFI syncing with itunes, that’s funny. What did you put on that GOAT that is lingering around now three days later?