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How to add media files to an iPhone/iPod/iPad without conversion

Updated on April 29, 2013
iMedia Player
iMedia Player

I loved my IPod Touch. Now I love my iPad. And my iPad Mini goes everywhere with me. I would have loved an iPhone too, but I can't justify the monthly cost! They are reliable and solid devices that allow the user access to a seemingly endless supply of apps (a lot of them free) and with trustworthy support.

But what is the one thing that all these devices have in common that is their ultimate downfall?

In my opinion, iTunes, without a doubt.

I hate it. I use it because I have to, but I find it far from user-friendly and much, much too confusing.

Adding music to your Apple device is, unfortunately, not as easy as plugging it in, treating it as a separate drive and copying your music files over. No. Instead, you have to update your iTunes Library and then sync. I get horrible messages about how it will delete the music that's already on there or I have it start to install hundreds of apps because I made the dreadful mistake of forgetting to deselect 'sync apps'. It is all very frustrating.

So my question then became: How do I copy video files from my desktop computer to my Apple device?

And you thought getting music on there was tricky!

Hurrah for iMedia Player

The answer to that question is an app called iMedia Player. Designed for both iPad and iPhone, this app is convenient and simple. It will play most video files and audio without having to take the extra step of converting the files. Create playlists, enjoy continuous play or shuffle, and carry on listening to audio after the app is closed or your screen is locked.

How does it work?

This is one of those very rare occasions where one might not loathe using iTunes.

Connect your device to your computer via the USB cable (or connect via Wi-Fi). Once the app is installed and synced with your iTunes Library, you will be able to scroll down to the bottom of your Apps page and see the icon there. Click on the icon on the left side of the screen and go to Add on the right side. Choose your audio or video files and wait while they upload to your device.

Unplug your device and open the app. Your file should all be there, ready to enjoy.

iTunes Screenshot

Where can I get iMedia Player?

From your device, a search in the app store for 'media player' will bring this up as the first choice or follow this link:


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