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iDisk finally comes to the iPod, iPhone

Submitted by on 9 January, 2022 – 4:32 pm

After more than a month of waiting, Apple has eventually brought its MobileMe iDisk application to iPod and iPhone users.  Originally said during Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Meeting in early July, the free iDisk app offers users of Apple’s MobileMe service a method to access files they, or their MobileMe contacts have stored on Apple’s servers.

Some of the nicer features include having the ability to view and send any native file types. This includes music, so if you’ve got some tracks stored on iDisk, you can stream them from the app.  Flicks work as well, though they must be formatted to play on an iPod or iPhone.

Apple claims that some files over 20MB won’t load, though I successfully managed to get a 198MB MPEG4 movie file to stream in. This process is created quicker by a cache you can adjust to permit for more local storage, all of the way up to 200MB. Not included in that cache are audio and video files, which are simply streamed, implying that you’ll have to be on a solid connection for the whole listen or watch. As nice as the local cache is, it’s a long ways off from offering users the opportunity to manage files regionally as another iPhone storage apps have done.

The good:
• Lets you quickly access files you have stored on your iDisk in a native application.
• Streams in audio and video, letting you bypass file size restrictions.
• You can view files in portrait and landscape modes.
• Your log-in is saved between sessions, so you don’t need to re-enter your user name and password.
•You can view files your friends have stored online if you know their MobileMe user names.

The bad:
• Certain files are capped at 30MB–even over Wi-Fi.
• There are no visual previews of what photos, videos, and docs contain.
• No way to save files for offline viewing. There’s a local cache, but as soon as a newer file needs some space, old files are removed.
•Copy and paste doesn’t work.

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